Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV van

Mitsubishi launches Britain’s first plug-in hybrid van

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV vanMitsubishi has revealed a commercial vehicle version of the Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid SUV – becoming the first manufacturer to offer a CV model eligible for the Plug-in Van Grant.

To date, it has been full electric vehicles such as the Renault Kangoo Z.E. that have been eligible for grant of up to £8000 (or 20%) off their purchase price; but uptake has been slow. Mitsubishi believes the greater range offered by its plug-in hybrid Outlander PHEV Commercial Vehicle will significantly boost take-up of the Plug-in Van Grant.

Buyers will get £7381 off the £36,905 list price of the Outlander PHEV GX3h 4Work, taking it down to £29,524. Metallic paint – it’s offered in grey, blue, white and black – costs £500 more. There’s one free colour, a non-metallic white. Ideal for green white van man.

Of course, the Outlander PHEV CV isn’t a bespoke-built van. Rather, it is a converted version of the regular Outlander PHEV petrol-electric plug-in hybrid, with the rear seats removed and the load space decked out in a tough rubber floor covering.

The rear doors remain but the glass is both blacked out and given a body colour treatment so it looks, at first glance, like a panel van. Albeit a panel van with 18-inch alloys, cruise control, Bluetooth, rain-sensing wipers and leather steering wheel.

As with the regular Outlander PHEV, it also has S-AWC electronic four-wheel drive, which some operators may consider a boon for winter dependability. A pure electric range of up to 32 miles, plus combined fuel consumption of 148mphg and CO2 emissions of 44g/km, will also appeal.

Ordering for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV CV van opens today, with first deliveries due 1 October 2014.

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