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Mitsubishi survey shows plug-in hybrid use

Two thirds (68%) of Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) owners plug their car in every single day, a survey suggests.

It also revealed that nine in 10 (90%) charge their vehicles at least two to three times per week, which Mitsubishi says runs counter to the myth that plug-in hybrids are only driven by people looking to lower their tax bills and are never actually plugged in.

Outlander PHEV owners’ average weekly mileage was 179.2 miles, with an average of 90.6 miles driven in pure electric mode each week.

The survey, undertaken by Kadence International, a global market research company, on behalf of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, also showed that 97% of Outlander PHEV owners normally charge their vehicles at home with 23% using public charging points.

Again, says Mitsubishi, this refutes the misconception that PHEVs are preventing electric vehicles from accessing charging units.

Only 10% of Outlander PHEV owners agree that they always plug in and recharge at motorway services, on longer journeys, suggesting that most use their combined EV/petrol power units for longer journeys instead.

The manufacturer says that plug-in hybrid vehicles not only have an immediate environmental impact, they help familiarise consumers with electric vehicles. One in four (25%) of Outlander PHEV owners said they would consider a pure electric vehicle for their potential next or future purchase.

How often do Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV customers charge their vehicles?

Twice per day or more


Once a day


2-3 times per week


Once a week


Once every 2 weeks


Once every 3-4 weeks


Less often than monthly





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  • John Maslen - 08/05/2019 10:35

    An additional valuable insight from a fleet management point of view would be average fuel economy among this sample. Given 50% of mileage is zero emissions, you would expect the figure to be better than diesel.

  • The Engineer - 08/05/2019 15:51

    As I suspected, a myth. We are reimbursed by AFR's so I get 14p a mile, miles done using my domestic electricity used to charge is about 4p per mile so I would be stupid not to plug in and 'profit' about 10p per mile for the first 25 miles or so. (the newer PHEV has a bigger engine so those drivers get 22p a mile 'making' 18p per 'electric mile' so even bigger incentive. My PHEV has done over 100,000 miles but I drove from Ringwood to the Midlands today, 144 miles with a final figure of 41mpg. Its another myth that even running almost entirely on petrol (when necessary) that these cars are hopelessly uneconomic. The only reason I am not having another one has nothing to do with the powertrain economics, its because Mitsubishi can't get the ride comfort quite right for me.

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