A Sure Sign Of The Outlander Phev's Success

A Sure Sign Of The Outlander PHEV's SuccessA Mitsubishi dealership in Worcestershire has helped a major signs and graphics specialist deliver on its commitment to lower its carbon footprint.
Fields of Bromsgrove sold two Outlander PHEVs to Birmingham–based Hollywood Monster, which is now also looking forward to making significant cash savings, courtesy of the world’s first and award-winning plug-in hybrid SUV.

Using both electric and petrol power, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has an electric range of 32½ miles, emits just 44g of CO2 per kilometre, and boasts an official combined fuel consumption figure of 148 miles per gallon, which means that no vehicle tax is payable.

It’s also eligible for the government’s £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant, and because the Benefit In Kind is just five per cent, it means a virtual pay rise of several thousand pounds a year for company car drivers. What’s more, for business owners there are savings on National Insurance contributions to be had, plus it qualifies for 100 per cent First Year Allowance against business profits.

Launched in the UK last year, the Outlander PHEV quickly scooped Diesel Car’s Best Alternative Fuel Vehicle award, as well as Business Car’s Best Green Development gong in its Techie Awards.

Daren Hollins, Supply Chain Manager at Hollywood Monster, which is the largest signage contractor and wide format printer in the Birmingham region, said: ‘With staff going on the road to speak to clients, check installations and undertake day-to-day business meetings, we were conscious that we were accumulating thousands of miles every year, which has a considerable financial impact on the business, as well as environmental implications.

‘These new vehicles will play a significant role as we try harder to be more eco-friendly in the running of the business. We chose these cars because they look smart, are economical to run, and have a large boot capacity, which is what we need.’

Because of the Outlander PHEV’s ultra-low emissions, it’s exempt from the London congestion charge, and Daren said: ‘We undertake a lot of work in London, so this was another factor that ticked a few boxes for us.’

He added: ‘As part of a government incentive, we will be able to have charge points installed at employees’ homes and we are also aiming to install charging points at our Tyseley headquarters.’ Daren summed up the Outlander PHEV by saying: ‘It not only makes financial sense, it also makes sense from an environmental point of view.’

Fields of Bromsgrove Dealer Principal Peter Field said: ‘We were delighted that Hollywood Monster decided to buy the Outlander PHEVs but we’re not surprised either, as it just makes so much sense on so many levels. They will certainly be reaping a lot of rewards from them.’

Mark Cooke, Fleet Manager at Fields of Bromsgrove, who took the initial inquiry and arranged the sale, said: ‘The Outlander PHEV is a really great car and it’s driven a lot of people into our showroom who perhaps wouldn’t otherwise have looked at Mitsubishi. It’s a talking point for people, plus it’s a really nice drive, and that’s important if people are doing a lot of mileage – it has to feel comfortable.’