Surveys show 25% of Outlander PHEV owners would buy a pure electric vehicle next
Felix Page Autocar writer
9 May 2019

Mitsubishi is leading calls for the UK government to revive its axed financial incentive scheme for buyers of plug-in hybrid vehicles. 

The Japanese car maker says that UK owners of its Outlander PHEV hybrid SUV cover half their average weekly mileage in electric mode, substantially lessening the model’s environmental impact.

The grant in question, axed in October last year, enhanced the appeal of hybrid vehicles by offering buyers a £2500 - £4500 subsidy depending on the model’s zero-emissions range. 

According to a survey commissioned by Mitsubishi but conducted independently, over two thirds of Outlander PHEV owners charge their vehicle daily, with 90% charging at least 2-3 times per week. 

Mitsubishi says the results of this survey oppose the notion that PHEVs are rarely plugged in, and are purchased as a means of paying reduced benefit-in-kind tax.

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The vast majority of Outlander PHEVs are charged at owners’ homes, with only 23% of drivers relying on public charge points, which Mitsubishi says “refutes the misconception that PHEVs are preventing electric vehicles from accessing charging units”. 

Mitsubishi says 25% of UK Outlander PHEV owners would consider a pure electric vehicle as their next purchase – implying that incentivising sales of hybrids could help the government in its mission to end the sale of conventionally fuelled vehicles by 2040

The company’s appeal comes days after it was revealed that UK sales of plug-in hybrids fell by 34.3% in April – a direct result of the government’s abolition of financial incentives for anything but pure-electric vehicles. 

The Outlander PHEV is the UK’s biggest-selling plug-in hybrid, with an estimated 45,000 currently on the road. 

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9 May 2019

Eventually PHEVs will have to stand on their on 4 wheels (so to speak).  They should've foreseen this situation and started developing a decent BEV using the knownledge gained over the years.

On another note I was surprized to see they had to conduct a survey, you would have thought they could monitor the Kw received from plug over a year then download the stats come service time. At this would be a honest accurate figure.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

9 May 2019
xxxx wrote:

Eventually PHEVs will have to stand on their on 4 wheels (so to speak).  They should've foreseen this situation and started developing a decent BEV using the knownledge gained over the years.

On another note I was surprized to see they had to conduct a survey, you would have thought they could monitor the Kw received from plug over a year then download the stats come service time. At this would be a honest accurate figure.

Removing this grant must hit Mitsubishi hardest of all manufacturers, Outlander PHEVs must have more conquest sales than any other, drivers, such as my director, would normally be in BMWs/Mercs etc.

I think a far more sensible approach would be to allow the grant for PHEVs with a particular electric only range, say 50miles, which would then increase by 10miles every year or two, encouraging sales/development of newer models and the phasing out of older ones   

9 May 2019
xxxx wrote:

you would have thought they could monitor the Kw received from plug over a year then download the stats come service time. At this would be a honest accurate figure.

You don't use Mitsubishi dealers then? download!..lol we are talking a company that has been more used to shifting pickups to builders for decades than sophisticated vehicles and its dealers never really caught up. Last time mine was in the ancient 'master laptop' was bust and no one seemed too worried.

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9 May 2019

I guess Mitsubishi, having the most to lose, would conjure up these dodgy customer behaviour stats.

What I do know is that 3 of my friends now have either ordered or taken delivery of Volvo XC90 T8 'twin engines' The extra cost of BiK based on invoiced price is fat outweighed by the tax break this model enjoys.....not one of them has any intention of buggering about plugging the damn thing in!

The whole principle is a joke! Saving the planet...my arse!

9 May 2019

Hah, hah, hah, hah...

9 May 2019

I cover all miles on my bicycle in human power mode therefore should I have a £1000 grant?

 I cover more miles per year on my bike than many folk in our street do in their cars.

9 May 2019
scotty5 wrote:

I cover all miles on my bicycle in human power mode therefore should I have a £1000 grant?

 I cover more miles per year on my bike than many folk in our street do in their cars.

. Admirable those this is, do you do it year round rain hail or shine?, if you do then that’s fine, but some of us through choice, and why not, like to go shopping for whatever in a comfortable, warm , dry environment, you can’t put eight, ten bags of shopping in panniers on push bike!

Peter Cavellini.

10 May 2019
Peter Cavellini wrote:

scotty5 wrote:

I cover all miles on my bicycle in human power mode therefore should I have a £1000 grant?

 I cover more miles per year on my bike than many folk in our street do in their cars.

. Admirable those this is, do you do it year round rain hail or shine?, if you do then that’s fine, but some of us through choice, and why not, like to go shopping for whatever in a comfortable, warm , dry environment, you can’t put eight, ten bags of shopping in panniers on push bike!

Speak for your sedentary self.

I regularly put many bags in my backpack and hang the rest on my handlebars.

9 May 2019

Actually I think it's the BIK rates that have really done for the PHEV.  A couple of years back they were at 5%.  I was just about to sign a lease for my small business and then the rate went up to 13% and the maths no longer worked, so I bought a second hand diesel privately.

If Government want people to switch to hybrid and electric they have to make it financially viable.  They also need a good pool of 3 year old models, which incentivising company car drivers achieves.

Lastly, the grant isn't really a cost to the government.  It's just some of the VAT coming back, which is almost £7,000 on a £40,000 car.  If people make decisions like I did, that's a loss of £3,000 VAT and the BIK tax that they would have levied.  Don't make hybrid's expensive and then moan about CO2 and air polution.

Not really very joined up thinking.

9 May 2019
Soren Lorenson wrote:

Actually I think it's the BIK rates that have really done for the PHEV.  A couple of years back they were at 5%.  I was just about to sign a lease for my small business and then the rate went up to 13% and the maths no longer worked, so I bought a second hand diesel privately.

If Government want people to switch to hybrid and electric they have to make it financially viable.  They also need a good pool of 3 year old models, which incentivising company car drivers achieves.

Lastly, the grant isn't really a cost to the government.  It's just some of the VAT coming back, which is almost £7,000 on a £40,000 car.  If people make decisions like I did, that's a loss of £3,000 VAT and the BIK tax that they would have levied.  Don't make hybrid's expensive and then moan about CO2 and air polution.

Not really very joined up thinking.

I've done exactly the same, which is no good for the environment, the economy or the tax office. Well done HMRC!

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