CIRENCESTER – A company that installs charging points for electric vehicles has bought a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV so that it can practise what it preaches.
Chris Everitt, Managing Director of EV Charging Solutions, opted for the new vehicle after seeing his business expand with more and more people keen to have home charging points installed.
He said: “The sales figures show more motorists are buying low emission vehicles and with the Outlander PHEV it’s a no-brainer because if you run out of electric power you can run it on petrol, so there’s no anxiety.
“We’re seeing a lot of customers now who have bought an Outlander PHEV so it’s great to have the same vehicle and be able to talk to them about it. Having the PHEV shows that we take these vehicles seriously and we practise what we preach.”
In April the government announced a raft of measures designed to help the UK lead the shift to low and ultra-low carbon vehicles, with the promise of £500m of investment between 2015 and 2020.
Part of the package from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is to allow £200m for the continuation of the Plug-in Car Grant, securing the government contribution of up to £5,000 towards the cost of vehicles such as the Outlander PHEV.
EV Charging Solutions, based at the Nottingham CleanTech Centre in St Peter’s Street, also receives a grant from the government, which covers 75% of the cost of each installation and is capped at £900.
The PHEV, which is exempt from road tax and the London congestion charge, uses both electric and petrol power. It can travel 32.5 miles on battery power – more than enough to accommodate most daily average journey distances.
The impressive electric range gives the vehicle significant environmental credentials. It emits just 44g/km of CO2and the official combined fuel consumption figure is 148mpg.