While the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid is already on sale in the UK and the rest of Europe and Japan, customers in the US, Russia and other countries are still waiting on the SUV. There are various reasons why it is not on sale in specific countries but for Russia Mitsubishi has just moved one step closer to sales by completing their weather testing.
The Outlander plug-in hybrid has already been cold weather tested in Canada, but Mitsubishi wanted to make sure that it was able to take what Mother Russia could throw at it. In an 8 week test, three test cars were put through their paces racking up over 30,000km (18,600 miles) between them.
The group of test cars experienced temperatures below minus 30C (-22F) and a variety of surface conditions from snow, to broken pavement and flooded areas.
Mitsubishi reports that the car did well and that there were no issues with the charging system. Andrey Pankov, CEO of MMC Rus, Mitsubishi Motors’ official Distributor in Russia, commented: “Together with MMC, we deliberately chose to test the car over two months of the most unpredictable weather conditions with frost, thaw… in order to test the real-life driveability of this plug-in hybrid electric car in various, and most demanding, weather conditions.
“Unlike city cars, engineered exclusively for the city, Outlander PHEV is an electric car that meets the expectations of one of the most stable and fastest growing groups of our customer base opting for SUV. I am sure that this ‘breakthrough’ vehicle will take its place in our line-up and will be as popular in Russia as it is amongst European customers.”
Sales for the Outlander plug in hybrid in Russia start at the end of August following on from the 2014 Moscow Motor Show.
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