Is Russia poised to be the next EV hotspot? If so, Mitsubishi is ready to reap the rewards. Its iMiEV is currently the only foreign plug-in sold in the country, and its Outlander PHEV will go on sale in Russia in September.
Mitsubishi presented the plug-in SUV at last week’s Moscow International Automobile Salon, along with two plug-in concept cars: the GC-PHEV full-size SUV and XR-PHEV crossover.
The Outlander PHEV, which features a 4WD system with independent front and rear motors, is currently the top-selling plug-in in Europe – almost 11,000 units have sold so far this year.
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“Like the title of our New Stage 2016 business plan, we are working toward a ‘new stage of growth’ and Russia is one the most important markets in achieving the business plan’s goals,” said Mitsubishi President and COO Tetsuro Aikawa at the Moscow show. “The Outlander PHEV is the culmination of our electric vehicle technology, SUV know-how, and four-wheel-drive technologies. This is the only twin-motor four-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid in the world.”
Source: Mitsubishi, Green Car Congress