Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV production halt extended

Production of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is still on hold. The Japanese automaker has said they still haven’t been able to figure out what caused one of the lithium-ion batteries in an Outlander PHEV to overheat and a pack in a Mitsubishi i-Miev to catch on fire last month. The Outlander PHEV was at a dealership in Japan and the dealership was charging it fully for the first time when the pack overheated and kept the vehicle from being started.

Mitsubishi uses a battery pack in the Outlander PHEV that is built by Lithium Energy Japan. That company is a joint venture between Mitsubishi Motors and GS Yuasa, the latter of which makes batteries for the Boeing 787 that sustained a number of fires earlier this year.

Mitsubishi has been able to restart production of the i-Miev using battery packs built by Toshiba, but Mitsubishi still has the Outlander PHEV production on hold. Mitsubishi is putting their best effort in to have everything solved and production back up and running by May 2013.

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