Nissan Plug-In Hybrid Confirmed; Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Technology To Be Used

Dec 30, 2016 05:40 AM EST | Mariechris Felipe

A senior Nissan official has confirmed that they are working on a Nissan Plug-In Hybrid. And thanks to the collaboration agreement signed between Renault-Nissan and Mitsubishi, the brand can make use of the technology and mechanics of Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. The Nissan Plug-In Hybrid will be a model for the European market first but might also arrive in the United States if demands allow it to be.

Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault-Nissan, took control of Mitsubishi closing the agreement to purchase 34% stakes, it was clear that sooner or later both Renault and Nissan would benefit from the technology developed by Mitsubishi to date and vice versa. That is why we were not surprised by the statements made by Takashi Shirakawa, Head of R & D of Nissan Europe that the Nissan Plug-In Hybrid will use Mitsubishi technology according to CarScoops.

Shirakawa has confirmed that Nissan is working on a new Nissan Plug-In Hybrid for the European market. A model that has much to do with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. It is important to recall that the main features offered by the hybrid system of the Outlander PHEV are impressive.

Thanks to its batteries, the Japanese SUV can run for 52 kilometers in 100% electric mode. And it offers three methods to recharge them. The fastest option allows its owner to enjoy 80% of its power in only 30 minutes. If the new Nissan Plug-In Hybrid will have this technology, then it is already looking great now according to AutoEvolution.

Shirakawa also made clear that the top priority for Nissan is making the jump to 100% electric mobility, however, Shirakawa said that in order to reach that point, Nissan needs a kind of "bridge". And that is where the new Nissan Plug-In Hybrid comes into play as it offers both possibilities.

When asked about the demand for Nissan customers, Shirakawa said that the vast majority are looking for a smaller electric car like the Nissan Leaf and that if developed, will benefit with the new technology that the Renault Zoe already has. But right now, the size of the Nissan Plug-In Hybrid is still unknown. Meanwhile, check out the Nissan Gripz Hybrid Concept below.

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