Earlier this month, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines (MMPC) brought attention back to the local auto industry’s green scene by officially introducing the Outlander PHEV. Right now, this is the only plug-in hybrid SUV offering from a mainstream Japanese car manufacturer in the Philippines.
Now, the carmaker has announced that the first Outlander PHEV unit has been delivered to Keiichi Matsunaga, general manager of Mitsubishi Corporation Manila, where the hybrid will serve as an official company vehicle.
MMPC president Mutsuhiro Oshikiri says this delivery is just the start of bigger things to come and that his company is excited to promote more environmentally-friendly offerings.
“As announced in January, we plan to integrate Vehicle to Home (V2H) showcase facilities to some of our pilot dealers,” the executive said in a statement. “We hope that in the future, we can also collaborate with MC to accelerate the introduction of renewable and self-sustaining power supply system to MMPC.”
More than 260,000 Outlander PHEV units have been sold across the globe since the plug-in hybrid SUV was introduced back in 2013. In the Philippine market, the vehicle is powered by a 2.4-liter in-line-four engine with 128hp and 199Nm of torque working with a pair of electric motors to provide a clean and efficient drive. It can run completely on electric power for 55km and has a claimed fuel efficiency of 16.6km/L.
With a P2,998,000 price tag, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV isn’t exactly a budget offering. The hope is, though, that as more motorists adopt plug-in hybrid technology, offerings like this SUV will become more viable and more attainable over time. Baby steps, guys.
At the very least, this thing’s local availability brings the country one step closer towards a cleaner motoring future. How long do you think it will take for plug-in hybrids to catch up with their fossil fuel-powered counterparts?