While many automakers are issuing ambitious launch schedules for assorted plug-in electric vehicle models, Mitsubishi Motors is struggling to figure out what it wants to do. In fact, PluginCars.com would like to give our readers an update on where Mitsu’s EV program in going—but the Japanese automaker won’t be able to provide that info until late fall, according to Mitsubishi Motors North America spokesman Roger Yasukawa.
Mitsubishi is officially recalling its Japanese-market 2013 Outlander plug-in crossover SUV, as well as various i-MiEV electric subcompact models. This follows Mitsubishi suspending shipments of the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid in March, after shipping about 4,000 units of the plug-in Outlander, and 68 i-MiEV vehicles fitted with potentially faulty batteries. The sustained bad news only serves to undermine confidence in Mitsubishi's plug-in vehicles.
Mitsubishi Motors yesterday asked customers not to charge the plug-in hybrid Outlander Plug-in Hybrid after a lithium-ion battery overheated last week, melting the cell and part of the battery pack. In a separate incident, a battery caught fire while being tested at a company factory. Even though no injuries have been reported, and the cause of the incidents is unknown, reports of potential safety issues raise concerns among all EV stakeholders.
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