MITSUBISHI’S award-winning plug-in-hybrid the Outlander PHEV was today named as the car leading the new registrations charge for ultra low emission vehicles.

Figures released today by campaign group Go Ultra Low show that the world’s first 4WD plug-in hybrid SUV notched up 7,255 registrations during the first six months of 2015, easily outstripping its closest rival the Nissan LEAF, which managed just 2,964. The BMW i3, meanwhile, was third with 1,111 registrations.

Registrations overall of plug-in vehicles rose by 256 per cent against the same period last year, with 14,586 new registrations of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in all – topping the 14,498 total for 2014 of vehicles eligible for the government’s Plug-In Car Grant and with six months still to go.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: ‘Soaring demand across the UK shows that more and more people view ultra low emission vehicles as the right choice for them. Plug-in cars are green, cheap to run and benefit both families and businesses. The government is investing £500 million over the next five years to help position Britain as a world leader in the technology, supporting skilled jobs and driving economic growth.’

There was a 163 per cent rise between January and June 2014 on the same period in 2013.

Hetal Shah, the head of Go Ultra Low, said: ‘Being just six months into 2015 and having already exceeded last year’s total plug-in car registrations is testament to consumer confidence in this capable and cost-effective technology. The year-on-year rises give us great confidence in the future of electric cars as we move towards an ultra low emission future.’

The game-changing Outlander PHEV, which was launched in April 2014, featured a number of times today on ITV and Sky reports about the figures.

Using both electric and petrol power, it has an electric range of 32½ miles, emits just 44g of CO2 per kilometre, and boasts an official combined fuel consumption figure of 148 miles per gallon. This means that no vehicle tax is payable, plus it’s exempt from the London congestion charge.

As well as being eligible for the government’s £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant, the Benefit In Kind for the Outlander PHEV is just five per cent, which means a virtual pay rise of several thousand pounds a year for company car drivers. What’s more, for business owners there are savings on National Insurance contributions to be had, plus it qualifies for 100 per cent First Year Allowance against business profits.

Last year, the Outlander PHEV won Diesel Car’s Best Alternative Fuel Vehicle award as well as Business Car’s Best Green Development gong in its Techie Awards, while in May this year it was named Best Ultra Low Emission Vehicle at the Fleet World Honours.

At least £200 million has been made available to continue the Plug-in Car Grant until 2020. The government is reviewing how the grant is structured, and new levels of grant will be available based on vehicles’ CO2 emissions and their electric range.

Go Ultra Low aims to help motorists understand the benefits, cost savings and capabilities of ultra low emission vehicles. The collaborative campaign is the first of its kind, bringing together a consortium of seven leading vehicle manufacturers including Mitsubishi, the government and industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.


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