During the recently concluded Mitsubishi ASX Media Drive, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) executives brought along a very rare and very special vehicle to join the trip: a 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, or PHEV. As the name states, is a vehicle that runs almost purely on electric power.
It features two electric motors (front and rear), a large lithium-ion battery pack (it occupies what would have been the third row seat), a 2.0 liter gasoline engine that functions primarily as a generator and the ability to charge overnight by plugging into a special three-prong home outlet (a plug similar to most air-conditioning units).
Curious as we always are, we had a chat with Froilan Dytianquin, MMPC's Vice President for Marketing Services regarding the price of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV if it was sold in the country.
“If we sold the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV now, we can sell it for around PhP 2.5 million,” said Dytianquin.
We found the price surprising because given the pricing stratification usually implemented on local hybrid vehicles, the Outlander PHEV is far more affordable than we thought. To put that in perspective, the indicative price given to us is only about PhP 250,000 more than the much smaller Toyota Prius.
Dytianquin also told us that the Outlander PHEV only needs to be plugged in overnight once or twice a week for a full charge (100%). The gasoline generator can charge the Outlander PHEV up to 80%. Other countries that already get the Outlander PHEV quote a combined (highway/city) fuel consumption of just 1.9 liters per 100 kilometers; that's over 50 kilometers per liter, though we're not quite sure if that includes the electricity consumption.
While they can already bring in the Outlander PHEV, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines is still conducting testing of the model on local roads. Moreover, they are also waiting for the Philippine government to pass a law that provides incentives to bring in more alternative or hybrid vehicles to make them more affordable to consumers.
Nevertheless, if MMPC officially offered the Outlander PHEV at PhP 2.5M, would you get one?