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Mitsubishi resumes domestic production of Outlander plug-in hybrid

Will initially churn out 2,000 Outlander PHEVs a month at a plant in Aichi Prefecture, but intends to double the output by May 2014

Mitsubishi today (19 August) resumed production of its Outlander plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) after a nearly five-month suspension due to a battery problem, reports Kyodo News. The company said it has exchanged the faulty battery and taken preventive measures such as installing equipment to prevent batteries from falling and overheating. The automaker will initially churn out 2,000 Outlander PHEVs a month at a plant in Aichi Prefecture, but intends to double the output by May 2014 by taking steps such as consolidating the installation processes for batteries and motors. Mitsubishi, which currently has nearly 18,000 back orders of the Outlander PHEV worldwide, said it will postpone shipments to the US for the time being and focus on meeting orders in Japan, Europe, and elsewhere because of limited battery availability.

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