Out­lander PHEV just the busi­ness

Buy­ing a busi­ness ve­hi­cle which slashes mo­tor­ing ex­penses is a strat­egy that will go straight to the bot­tom line.

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When the new Mit­subishi Out­lander Plug-In Hy­brid (PHEV) hit the mar­ket a few months back it re­de­fined the mar­ket in terms of ef­fi­ciency. Us­ing fuel at a rate of just 1.9L/100km, it must have fuel com­pa­nies and the gov­ern­ment – which taxes petrol at al­most 70c per litre – full of trep­i­da­tion.

It’s the future of mo­tor­ing un­til such time as the fully elec­tric model comes along, not only sav­ing money at the pump, but keep­ing a good chunk of car­bon diox­ide out of the at­mos­phere.

With a 52km elec­tric range be­fore the petrol mo­tor kicks in, the Mit­subishi PHEV eas­ily cov­ers the daily com­mute – which in New Zealand av­er­ages 38km.

The re­silience and sus­tain­abil­ity of your busi­ness model re­lies more and more on do­ing no dam­age to the en­vi­ron­ment, and trans­port – par­tic­u­larly busi­ness trans­port – is a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to­ward New Zealand’s green­house gas emis­sions pro­file. Be­ing able to take a chunk out of your busi­ness’s foot­print is a sig­nif­i­cant and re­spon­si­ble step. If you have grad­u­ated to run­ning a mod­ern busi­ness re­port­ing pro­gramme, which not only re­ports on the bot­tom line but also on so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts, what you get around in mat­ters.

The Mitsi PHEV has an an­nual run­ning elec­tric­ity cost of $364 and an an­nual fuel cost of $280. For a car which still has an en­gine it in, th­ese are un­heard-of fig­ures. It’s also telling that elec­tric­ity will cost more than fuel, de­spite the rel­a­tively small range.

There’s a quiet revo­lu­tion tak­ing place in the busi­ness com­mu­nity of New Zealand – that of in­stalling so­lar pho­to­voltaic pan­els on the ex­pan­sive roofs of busi­nesses all around the coun­try.

The Sus­tain­able Elec­tric­ity As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand says that the so­lar busi­ness has been grow­ing at a rate of 330%, and busi­nesses are about to in­stall a to­tal of 5.5MW of so­lar pan­els on their roofs – the equiv­a­lent to a small power sta­tion.

And why not? Busi­ness hours more or less co­in­cide with sun­shine hours, and our busi­nesses are en­ergy hun­gry beasts.

But what if you could tack your mo­tor­ing costs on to that as well? The Mit­subishi PHEV would re­quire elec­tric­ity pro­duced from just four stan­dard 250W pan­els – 1kW of ca­pac­ity. The av­er­age house­hold in­stal­la­tion is over 2kW, so it’s fair to say that when fig­ures be­come avail­able the av­er­age busi­ness in­stal­la­tion will be larger than that. It seems like the prover­bial ‘no brainer’ to plug in your ve­hi­cle while you’re at your desk, and use the sun to power both your car and your com­puter.

Also wor­thy of note here is that the Mit­subishi PHEV doesn’t economise on space and prac­ti­cal­ity like some of its e-com­peti­tors, which also seems a busi­ness ne­ces­sity. It’s a large, roomy ve­hi­cle, which feels solid and safe on the road. It seems its bat­ter­ies haven’t com­pro­mised any­thing – prob­a­bly be­cause there’s not many of them.

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