The Future of Motoring with Caroline Kidd of Changinglanes.ie

Guest blog in association with Changinglanes.ie by Caroline Kidd

The Future of Motoring with Caroline Kidd of Changinglanes.ie

It started with steam power in the 1700s. Then came the mass produced combustion Ford Model T in the 1900s. Now we have the Musk-mobiles with Tesla, with fully electric power and loads of hybrid models from other manufacturers on the scene. Where does the future of motoring lie?

Why is this relevant to Travel?

Well if it isn’t obvious, we probably need to invent and use at scale, better and more efficient ways of travelling in our cars and other vehicles. 
A few months ago, I caught up with Caroline Kidd of ChangingLanes.ie to try and answer this question and we even took a look at the new SUV from Mitsubishi, the Outlander PHEV (Plug In Hybrid Electric Vehicle).

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV | Changinglanes.ie

Climate Change and the Environment

With the global challenges of climate change and more awareness of individual and collective efforts to reduce our carbon footprint to be more environmentally friendly, it’s clear that a move away from fossil fuels and towards more renewable, eco-friendly alternatives is inevitably happening. 
However, with a mass change to electric powered vehicles comes certain challenges, at a political / policy and economic level such as the powering infrastructure, tax & grants and at a utility / practical level with vehicle safety, the longevity of battery life, servicing & maintenance and so on.

 

Future of motoring?

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

So, with the thousands of road trippers, holidayers and commuters using 4-wheeled vehicles into the future, let’s look at the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which is a petrol-electric Hybrid model falling into the SUV category, starting at €39,900 in Ireland (as of June 2019, prices are subject to change) and comes with a whopping 8 year warranty! 

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV - Badge

If you run out of charge, at least your good ole petrol will kick in! And maybe that is the attraction for now until infrastructure and mainstream usage of fully electric vehicles catches up with consumer demand...Best of both worlds.
Let’s look at some of the features and benefits of this machine, which appears to be ideal for those would-be travellers who need space for gear and luggage and who may like to dabble off-road a little. 

The model we looked at was the Outlander PHEV, Instyle version, retailing at €43,900.

Comparisons

The closest competitors would be the  Honda CR-V Hybrid and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, with similar prices and are low-emission SUVs.

Let's take a look around

First up - the interior & dash. Paddle shifts on the steering wheel, nice trim and a well laid out dash with many functions in-built on the wheel.

Interior and Dash | Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV - Dash

Now let's see where the magic happens! The plug-in charging point is located beside the fuel cap on the right hand side.

Plug-in Charge Point on Mitsubishi Outlander | Changinglanes.ie

A drawback with this model is the fact there are only five seats, making way for a large boot and storage area for the charging pack, as seen below. Whereas other models of the Outlander come with seven seats.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV | Boot space

Charging pack in boot | Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Now, it's time to look under the hood of this 2.4ltr hybrid!

Under the hood | Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Main stats for this version of the Outlander PHEV

Model

Engine

Fuel

Transmission

Power

CO2

Seats

Tax band

Retail

Outlander PHEV

Plug-in Hybrid EV

Petrol / Electric

Auto

230PS

46g / km2

5

A1 - €170

€43,900

 

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV | Changinglanes.ie | Caroline Kidd

Verdict

Overall, the Outlander PHEV is a great all-rounder, with the power, style and efficiency on short-to-medium length trips with the ability for some off-roading also thrown into the mix. The retail price includes an SEAI Grant and VRT relief on the purchase. Check out caroline's full review here.

The Future?

So in a nutshell, the verdict is still out on fully electric vehicles in Ireland, but the move is definitely happening! Even since the time of writing this article months ago, more vehicles have sprung up and Caroline has covered some of these, including the Mazda MX-30 Prototype all-electric SUV.


Check out some of Caroline’s other featured posts over at

https://changinglanes.ie/features/ and more car reviews, including a review of the new Ford Mustang Bullit Edition here!
And make sure to follow Caroline's motoring madness on social media below:

Changing Lanes on Youtube and Changing Lanes on Instagram

Twitter ChangingLanes and finally, check out the Changing Lanes Facebook Page 

On the web > www.changinglanes.ie


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