Don’t expect the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid to arrive at U.S. dealerships any time soon.
The Japanese automaker has revealed that the Outlander PHEV will now come late next year or early 2016 due to a new request by the U.S. to equip the vehicle with a battery monitoring unit. Previously, Mitsubishi announced that the arrival of the Outlander to the U.S. would be delayed due to battery shortages.
The monitor that the U.S. is mandating conducts onboard diagnosis of the Outlander’s lithium-ion battery capacity and outputs or alerts the driver to possible degredation. California state regulators have requested new plug-in hybrids be equipped with the technology and the Japanese automaker is working with them to comply.
Despite a delay for the model’s U.S. launch, Mitsubishi is planning a big sales push in Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand for the electrified crossover. The company expects global sales to more than double to 48,000 units in the current fiscal year that began April 1, from 19,700 in the fiscal year that ended March 31.
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[Source: Automotive News]
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