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Guest opinion: in defence of the appeal of electric hybrids to used car buyers

Lance Bradley

In response to Used car buyers unlikely to replicate success of hybrids in new car market

The opinion expressed that ‘popularity of PHEV’s is being driven almost entirely by company car taxation and is unlikely to be matched by used car buyers’ is not supported by real-life sales data.

Fifty per cent of sales of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV are to private buyers through the company’s retail network.

These customers will not have any advantage from company car taxation incentives.

Furthermore, sales of used PHEV’s have been swift, supported by a competitive personal contract purchase plan based on strong residual values.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV still leads the market as the UK’s favourite plug-in vehicle.

It has achieved more than 18,000 sales from launch and currently accounts for around half of all plug-in car grant applications.

The 4x4 SUV combines an all-electric range of up to 32.5 miles that easily accommodates average daily driving distances, with an efficient 2.0 litre petrol engine to deliver an anxiety-free combined driving range in excess of 500 miles.

Author: Lance Bradley (pictured), managing director, Mitsubishi Motors UK

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  • jimbo8175 - 09/03/2016 13:14

    How many people do actually 'plug-in' their vehicle and what is the impact to Fleet Managers with the excessive fuel bills for the 26mpg if this vehicle is not plugged in??