The National Police of Ukraine has a whole array of vehicles under their belt, including the Toyota Prius, Hyundai Sonata, Renault Dokker, and even a few Lada Niva 4x4s. And now, the list is now longer as the East European country received an overwhelming 635 plug-in hybrid SUVs from Mitsubishi, probably the biggest ever fleet of plug in hybrid vehicles delivered by the Japanese automaker.
This is not a first for the Japanese automaker as a few years ago, the company shipped a total of 507 full electric i-MiEVs in Estonia. Now Mitsubishi has delivered an army of 635 Outlander PHEVS that is based on the facelifted variant. Both of these contracts were approved as part of the Green Investment Scheme, an international emissions trading plan that aims to reduce C02 emissions and greenhouse warming gases.
The overwhelming fleet of environment-friendly SUVs was transferred to Kiev, with a delivery ceremony held in the country's capital where the Prime Minister of Ukraine and the MMC's president and chief graced the affair and even took part in the festivities. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was considered as the best-selling plug in hybrid in Europe for no less than 4 successive years and had impressive registered sales of about 80,768 units at the latter part of last year. The SUV has been rolled out since 2013.
To those who are keenly interested, the economical SUV is equipped with a 2.0 L, 4 cylinder gasoline engine that produces around 121 hP (89 kW) and 140 lb-ft (190 Newton-meters) of pure torque. Outlander PHEV also has 2 electric motors, one is located at the front axle rated at 60hp (25 kW) and 101 lb-ft (137 Nm), whereas the rear one is considered somewhat the stronger motor as it delivers 60hp (25 kW) and 144 lb-ft (195 Nm).
A combined output yields around 203hp (149 kW), and the economical SUV just needs 11 seconds to reach 62 mph (100 kph) from a standstill. It can reach a top speed of 106 mph (170 kph). The plug in hybrid SUV weighs 4,101 lbs (1,860 kg), and the SUV can be driven solely on electric power up to an impressive 33 miles (54 km).
The notable Japanese automaker has already dropped hints about the next-gen unit by revealing the GT-PHEV concept at the previous year's Paris Motor Show; however it will take a while before the showcar will be put on the production line. If it will go on with the concept' s specs, the fresh Outlander PHEV will be equipped with 3 electric motors that will be joined with a standard 2.5 L gasoline engine. The GT-PHEV concept boasts of an all-electric range of around 75 miles (120 km) and a total range of more than 745 miles (1,200 km).