Globally, governments have been ordering green vehicles for their fleets for years, everything from a Toyota Prius hybrid to the BWW i3 electric vehicle.
So, an order for 651 Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrids for police duty in a country such as Norway, China or the U.S. wouldn’t raise an eyebrow, but Ukraine?
This is a country that is relatively small automotive wise and isn’t particularly known for its green leanings, but the plug-in Outlanders will replace some pretty well outdated VAV and UAZ vehicles courtesy of the Kyoto Protocol.
Announced by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Arsen Avakov, via twitter and Facebook, the minister also had some words for the police force.
“So, Ukrainian policemen, you will receive 651 new and unique modern powerful eco-friendly hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV crossovers. The people of Ukraine hopes that you will be worthy of this innovation! Serve with honor,” the minister wrote.
The Outlander PHEV is by far Europe’s top selling electrified vehicle and recently received a refresh for 2016 and is expected to finally reach U.S. shores this fall.
Internal-combustion duties of the Outlander PHEV are handled by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which teams with two electric motors for all-wheel drive capability.
A 12 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery gives the crossover a real world electric only driving range of about 22 miles.
While Mr. Avakov’s words are very governmental, he did exhibit a sense of humor with his closing words, “I hope that for such advertizing of the crossover – Mitsubishi will add to us the 652nd machine.”