Mitsubishi Delays Launch of Outlander Plug-In

By | May 16, 2014
Once again, Mitsubishi will delay introducing the Outlander plug-in hybrid to the U.S. market, this time due to a request from California regulators. The Outlander plug-in will now launch in the last quarter of 2015 or the first quarter of 2016, reports Automotive News. The delay will help Mitsubishi meet a California rule requiring a battery-monitoring unit for new plug-in hybrid vehicles. This technology would alert drivers in the case of battery deterioration, a condition that can hurt emissions. Mitsubishi has known of the change it needed to make since last year. However, the automaker still planned on introducing the car earlier in 2015. The launch had already experienced one delay due to a bottleneck in battery production.
The Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in has three unique driving modes. In city driving, the vehicle runs on pure electricity. In other driving, it acts like a Chevrolet Volt with the gas engine aiding the electric motors, but it can also serve as a typical hybrid with the electric motors aiding the gas engine. When it debuted, Mitsubishi touted this vehicle as the first permanent four-wheel-drive EV in series production. The delay comes at an inopportune time for Mitsubishi as it lays out plans to make a comeback in the U.S. Globally, however, Mitsubishi is pushing sales of the Outlander plug-in in Europe, Japan, and Australia as these markets don't require a battery monitoring unit. The automaker hopes global sales will more than double to 48,000 units by the end of the current fiscal year. Source: Automotive News