Mitsubishi increasing i-MiEV production

Due to the positive feedback received from the UK and different European markets for the i-MiEV, Mitsubishi decided to raise the production to 10,000 units(from 2,000 ) for the electric city car which is scheduled for release in 2009 in the Japanese market and 2010 in Europe. The company finalised a joint venture with Lithium Energy Japan in order to build a new plant in Japan, this being an imperative to be capable of supplying the increasing demand.

Mitsubishi increasing i-MiEV production
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According to the company’s officials, the new plant will be ready for use by next April and will initially produce 1 million palm size lithium-ion cells a year, considered enough to power the 10,000 vehicles. They also plan a second new plant by 2012 making another investment of 10 billion yen. It seems that the UK subsidiary of Mitsubishi already made a demand for the first 2,000 units produced in order to make a launch in London in 2009. The company still has to decide whether they will support this request.

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