Mitsubishi Recalling i-MiEV and Outlander for Battery Problems

iMIEV from Mitsubishi

Mit­subishi Motor Corp. has ini­ti­at­ed a recall due to bat­tery prob­lems in its i-MiEV elec­tric car in Japan, . This stems from a Japan­ese man­u­fac­tur­ing plant cri­sis in March where a glitch caused one of its lithi­um ion bat­tery packs to melt and anoth­er one to catch fire. This also impact­ed the Out­lander plug-in hybrid crossover that Mit­subishi has only been sell­ing in Japan. The automak­er will be recall­ing more than 4,000 vehi­cles with poten­tial­ly faulty bat­ter­ies in Japan. Only a small num­ber of the i-MiEVs (which Mit­subishi is no call­ing the “i “car) have been sold in Europe and the US.

The com­pa­ny com­plet­ed a repair at its fac­to­ry last month that it believes will pre­vent the defects. The new process will pro­duce replace­ment bat­ter­ies for the cars being recalled. Mit­subishi thinks it can return to reg­u­lar pro­duc­tion of new i-MiEVs and Out­landers by the end of August. Bat­tery sup­pli­er Lithi­um Ener­gy Japan has ver­i­fied repairs for the bat­ter­ies.

The bat­tery break­downs and recalls are a blow for Mit­subishi, which has been count­ing on plug-ins to rebrand itself as an eco-leader. In the US, Mit­subishi has been count­ing on fleet sales to move the i-MiEV sales for­ward, but it’s only had a small pres­ence in the mar­ket so far.



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