#4 Plug-In Vehicle To Hit 100,000 Global Sales Is Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

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The first plug-in vehicle not sold in the US to reach 100,000 global sales is the constantly delayed Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid.

As we’ve stated before, a key reason it has been delayed for years in the US is reportedly that sales in Europe and Japan were much higher than anticipated and supplies limited.

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A whopping 66,000 Outlander Plug-in Hybrids have been sold in Europe so far, and ~34,000 in Japan, according to Hybrid Cars.

I think you know well enough which cars beat the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid to 100,000, but the details are reportedly as follows:

  1. Nissan LEAF (January 2014) — up to ~220,000 now
  2. Tesla Model S (Q4 2015) — up to ~120,000 now
  3. Chevy Volt, including European & Australian versions Opel/Vauxhall Ampera and Holden Volt (October 2015) — up to ~110,000 now

Who’s next?

Back to the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid, the SUV is supposed to come to the US market later this year, but we’ve heard that many times before and there’s a bit of question about Mitsubishi’s ability to survive its most recent troubles, so I’ll believe it when I see it.

Read my review of the Outlander Plug-In Hybrid here.

Photos by Zachary Shahan | EV Obsession | CleanTechnica (CC BY-SA 4.0), via CleanTechnica.pics

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11 thoughts on “#4 Plug-In Vehicle To Hit 100,000 Global Sales Is Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

  • Competition is good. It may or may not sell well here, but i would like to see one in person.

    • Lovely car, but overpriced,even a used one will set you back approx £300 PM and then you have the deposit and final payments.

    • I think it would sell quite well. But am not confident Mitsu will ever get it here.

  • Zac, what’s the recent troubles Mitsubishi are experiencing?

    • They were busted for keeping double sets of books on (IIRC) mileage, one flattering one for public and regulators, and an honest set for themselves. Clearly dishonest, and this went on for 20 years or more.

      • Oh aye, remembered that now, But nowt compared to VWs crime.

        • Yeah, but Mitsubishi was already in a much more difficult financial place, from what I understand. It almost had to pull out of the US in previous years, if rumors are to be believed (and I think these are).

          I hope Mitsu can pull through, with a strong focus on EVs, but we’ll see.

  • I needed 4WD and big boot with good MPG, so it was a no-brainer for me. It would be a no-brainer for Mitsubishi to extend this powertrain to other models and evolve it with bigger batteries. Wonder what are they waiting for…

    PS in the US, I suspect, many would hate it’s sluggishness off the line. 0-20MPH is terrible. It improves clearly when at speed.

    • Yes. I was eager to show off the acceleration of EVs to my friend, and he wasn’t impressed… neither was I. 😛

      • It’s also, understandably, extremely sluggish when towing from a stand-still and on an incline. It is so very close to being the perfect car for me, but this combined with the towing limit being a bit too low makes it unwise to buy this car for me.

  • Now, if Tesla could just make a bloody SUV…
    (Not a minivan!)

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