Next Green Car – SUV Awards 2014
Offering the Outlander PHEV the same price as the diesel version (including the Plug-in Car Grant) was a stroke of Mitsubishi genius. Already a hit with company car drivers, with only a 5% BIK rate Outlander PHEV already accounts for around half of plug-in hybrid new car sales. With an electric range of 32 miles, enough for most daily commutes and journeys, this PHEV will do much to promote PHEV technology. While the official fuel economy figure is 148 MPG, you are more likely to get 49 MPG on petrol; so we recommend you charge on electric regularly to get the full environmental and fuel cost advantages. The CO2 emissions of 44g/km also mean that (for now) there is no car tax or London Congestion Charge to pay. Priced from £28,304..
NGC verdict: "The Outlander PHEV sets the SUV bar high offering plug-in capability for the price of a diesel. With a 5% BIK rate, you can see why the Outlander is the UK’s most popular plug-in hybrid."
"We are delighted with our achievement in the Next Green Car awards. The Outlander plug-in continues its sales success. It may well prove to be the tipping point in ultra-low emission vehicle adoption."
Stewart McKee, Press, Public Affairs & Events, Mitsubishi
COMMENDED: Hyundai ix35 FCV – CO2: 0 g/km – NGC: TBC*
A reflection of Hyundai's conviction that hydrogen is the fuel of the future, the ix35 is the first commercially available fuel cell vehicle in the UK. In addition to the many advantages associated with electric vehicles, including zero tail-pipe emissions and reduced noise, the ix35 has a more-than-sufficient driving range of around 400 miles using 144 litres of compressed hydrogen. The ix35 is powered by a 100 kW fuel cell, which provides a top speed of 100 mph. While there are currently only a handful of H2 of fuelling stations in the UK, a Government fund of £11 million has recently been announced to support the development of this infrastructure across the UK. Perhaps too early for the mass market but a great achievement nonetheless.
*TBC – To be confirmed
**If powered using renewable (e.g. wind, solar) electricity