Wednesday, 20 June 2012 8:57 AM
Mitsubishi will be using the Paris Motor Show - or Mondial de l'Automobile, as the classy people call it - to launch its latest entry into the eco-car market. It's the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid EV (PHEV) and it will share architecture with the new Outlander internal combustion engine car.
The Outlander PHEV will have the petrol engine as a back-up plan so there is no range anxiety, a common issue with pure electric cars and it will also feature permanent four-wheel-drive - the first electric car with this feature. It will have three driving modes - Pure (100% electric), Series (twin motor four-wheel drive with the EV supported by the generator) and Parallel (the combustion engine, support by the twin motor). It is expected to have a massive 500 mile range and a CO2 emissions target of less than 50g/km.
While the new Outlander with the internal combustion engine will be released across Europe this autumn, we won't have to wait too long for the Outlander PHEV which is expected to be rolled out across Europe over the course of 2013. There will be more information to come from Paris.
By Georgia Lewis
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