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Battery Issue Solved, Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Production To Double

Early last month we reported on a couple of separate fire incidents that cast a shadow over Mitsubishi’s two electric vehicles, the i-MiEV minicar and the Outlander Plug-In Hybrid.

As the latest in a string of battery fire incidents from various manufacturers, it was a problem Mitsubishi wanted to fix quickly–and the Japanese automaker solved the issue before the month was out.

Now, the company is set to expand Outlander Plug-In Hybrid production to 4,000 units per month, double that of early estimates.

Battery fire fixed

Mitsubishi chose to halt production of its plug-in Outlander last month after a fire incident at a dealer in Yokohama, Japan.

A member of staff found themselves unable to move one of the vehicles, before smelling a strange odor–and under closer inspection, discovered part of the battery pack was melting.

Nobody was hurt in the incident, but the company quickly halted production and issued a recall to deal with the issues.

The cause was found to be the result of a new screening process on the battery manufacturer’s production line. The process introduced a defect to the battery’s internal structure, which allowed microscopic contaminents to affect the battery’s performance.

The screening process has been removed again, and the vehicle is now back in production.


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