Mitsubishi is launching a commercial version of its Outlander PHEV.
The new Outlander GX3h 4Work will make its first public appearance at CENEX 2014 Low Carbon Vehicle Event this week.
Designed for commercial assignments, Mitsubishi said the Outlander GX3h 4Work inherits the high specification cabin refinement of the passenger Outlander PHEV and the same economy, low environmental impact and off-road capability; what sets it apart is a large and easily accessible rear cargo area.
Mitsubishi explained the vehicle combines electric battery and gasoline power, just like the Outlander PHEV. The Outlander GX3h 4Work can travel 32.5 miles on battery power, more than enough to accommodate most UK daily duty cycles, said the company. In the UK, the official combined fuel consumption figure is 148mpg imperial.
Other benefits in the UK that have led to the creation of this commercial version is the fact the vehicle is exempt of the London Congestion Charge and qualifies for the Government’s 20 percent plug-in van grant. It also benefits from 100 percent first year capital allowance, which means its cost can be set against one year’s trading profit.
Mitsubishi said the Outlander GX3h 4Work will work out at just £23,373 after deducting the Government’s plug-in van grant and reclaiming the VAT (UK’s tax on goods).
We do not expect Mitsubishi will offer such a version in the U.S. considering the differences in taxation and in grants as well as there being less of a fiscal advantage in the U.S. compared to the UK for such a version.