Mitsubishi has delivered a huge fleet of 635 Outlander PHEVs based on the facelifted version, to the Ukrainian police. A few years ago, they shipped 507 entirely electric i-MiEVs to Estonia with both contracts part of the Green Investment Scheme, an international emissions trading plan with the purpose of reducing CO2 emissions and greenhouse warming gases.
Romania, Austria, Italy, Estonia and Albania all have police departments with all-electric models, although last time we heard the latter had no recharge stations, (other than at the depots). Now the Ukraine has joined Europe’s growing electrically powered police force, although the SUV’s that they will be driving are hybirds.
This fleet of environmentally friendly SUVs was transported to Kiev, where a delivery ceremony was held that included the Prime Minister of Ukraine as well as MMC’s president and chief.
The Outlander SUV is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder petrol engine developing 89kW and 190Nm of torque. It works together with two electric motors, the one at the front axle is rated at 25kW and 137Nm, while the rear one produces 25kW and 195Nm. With a combined output of 149 kW, the Outlander PHEV needs 11 seconds to reach 100kph and tops out at 170 kph.
The plug-in hybrid SUV is not light at 1 860 kilograms and can be driven solely on electric power for up to 54km.
Mitsubishi has already previewed the next-generation model by introducing the GT-PHEV concept at last year’s Paris Motor Show, but it’s going to take a while until the showcar will make the transition towards a production car.