2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 8000+ European Sales in only 3 Months

Originally published on Gas2 by Zachary Shahan

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV scores huge sales in a handful of European nations, since its October 2013 release date.

While the fortunes of Mitsubishi Motors might seem in doubt here in America, over in Europe the just-launched Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has become something of an overnight success story. Since it went on sale in October of 2013, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has moved over 8,000 units, with orders for another 11,000 still in the books.

Though Mitsubishi launched the Outlander PHEV in just a few select markets that includes the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, and Switzerland, more than 12,000 people have signed up to drive the high-MPG SUV. With three driving modes and capable of the equivalent of 143 MPG, the Outlander PHEV also benefits from numerous tax incentives aimed at increasing the number of hybrid cars on the road.

8,009 of the 8,197 sales of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV have been in the Netherlands, though there are still thousands of pending orders still left to work through. With Mitsubishi hoping that hybrid and electric vehicles will account for as much as 20% of sales in the year 2020, the Japanese automaker is well on its way to meeting its own ambitious goals.

With a top safety rating and technology awards, incredible fuel economy, and room for the whole family, it could be the car that rekindles Mitsubishi’s US sales, if it ever actually goes on sale.

Source: Hybrid Cars

Image Credit: Zachary Shahan / EV Obsession / CleanTechnica

This article, 8,000+ Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Sales In 3 Months, is syndicated from Clean Technica and is posted here with permission.

About the Author

Chris DeMorroChristopher DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. When he isn’t wrenching or writing, he’s running, because he’s one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.

Renault Plug-in Hybrid Concept Car Gets 141 MPG

Originally published on EV Obsession by Zachary Shahan

I guess this is primarily a story for our European readers, but with the numbers Renault is throwing around, it’ll likely interest everyone.

Renault Clio. Image courtesy of Renault.
Renault Clio. Image courtesy of Renault.

The French automaker is reportedly going to unveil a 141 MPG concept car at the Geneva Motor Show that isn’t a 100% electric car. It’s a plug-in hybrid that is reportedly similar in size to a Clio.

Renault head of research, advanced studies and materials Remi Bastien is the one who gave out the 141 MPG figure, so it’s worth paying attention to. Bastien added that, “an eventual production version of the car would be affordable. It will be a B-segment car with Clio-type features in terms of space and comfort.”

With the Renault Zoe and the Renault Fluence ZE, Renault is a clear leader in the EV realm so far. And that’s all according to plan. “The main thrust of our research and development budget is spent on improving emissions – with our electric vehicle strategy with the Zoe EV, we’re perfectly placed to develop hybrid systems.”

Carbon Fiber, Shmiber

Bastien also commented a bit on BMW’s use of carbon fiber in the BMW i3, and the related matter of reducing vehicle weight for greater efficiency.

“I think the main reason BMW uses lightweight carbon fibre on the BMW i3, for example, is because of performance, because of what the brand stands for – not necessarily for efficiency,” Bastien said.

“Reducing weight is important for petrol and diesel cars, but less so for EVs – aerodynamics is more important for efficiency in electric vehicles. Weight can be used to help regenerative braking in an EV to harvest more kinetic energy when slowing down.”

250-Mile EVs Around The Corner?

Bastien also commented on the great potential EV battery research still offers. “Bastien believes the industry is only at 50% in terms of exploration of battery technology,” according to Sean Carson of AutoExpress. Bastien projects that, “by 2020 the range of an EV like the Zoe will double to around 250 miles.”

The automotive world will look completely different by then if that’s the case.

This article, Renault Plug-in Hybrid That Gets 141 MPG Could Be Unveiled In Geneva, is syndicated from Clean Technica and is posted here with permission.

About the Author

Zachary ShahanZachary Shahan is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he’s the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he’s the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.

11 Electric Cars Priced Lower than the Average New Car

Originally published on EV Obsession by Zachary Shahan

Nissan Leaf
Black Nissan Leaf at EVS27 in Barcelona, Spain.(This image is available for republishing and even modification under a CC BY-SA license, with the key requirement being that credit be given to Zachary Shahan / EV Obsession / CleanTechnica, and that those links not be removed)

There’s a somewhat odd meme still going around that claims that electric cars are expensive. A little bit of research quickly debunks that.

The average price for a new car in November 2013 (in the US) was $32,769, according to Kelley Blue Book. After the federal tax rebate of $7,500 (yes, it makes complete sense to include this), almost every plug-in electric car on the market is actually cheaper than that — even the BMW i3 almost makes this list.

Let’s run down the list. I’ll go down it in order of November sales (more or less). Prices shown are after the federal tax credit, but before any other credits or rebates available in some states and cities (such as the $2,500 rebate in California). Links on the prices go to the manufacturers’ webpage for each car.

  1. Wheego Whip — $18,995
  2. Wheego LiFe — $25,495

Now, you might contend that the gasmobiles on the higher end of the market are bringing the average price of new cars up, but I would then contend:

  • electric cars don’t pollute your local environment
  • with electric cars, you don’t have to spend countless hours standing at a gas station
  • electric cars have unbeatable acceleration/torque
  • the smooth and quiet drive of electric cars is worth a lot
  • a clean conscience from doing your part to fight global warming and not contribute to oil wars is priceless.

How is all of that not a huge added value that you simply can’t attain with a gasmobile?

h/t to redditor ViperRT10Matt for a comment that sparked the idea for this post.

This article, 11 Electric Cars With Prices Lower Than The Average New Car, is syndicated from Clean Technica and is posted here with permission.

About the Author

Zachary ShahanZachary Shahan is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he’s the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he’s the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.