29 Mar '13, 11pm

Official: Mitsubishi halts production of i-MiEV, Outlander PHEV after two plug-in car fires

Official: Mitsubishi halts production of i-MiEV, Outlander PHEV after two plug-in car fires

Mitsubishi Motors Reports Instance of a Battery Pack Fire at its Mizushima Plant, Investigation Tokyo, Japan March 27, 2013 - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) reports one instance of a fire occurring in one of the drive battery packs used for MMC's electric vehicles (EV) on March 18 at its Mizushima Plant in Okayama prefecture in Japan. Details are as follows: 1. Description of Occurrence At around 8:15 pm on March 18, one of the 16kWh drive battery packs used in the i-MiEV (lithium-ion battery) overheated in the battery inspection room at the EV assembly factory at the Mizushima Plant. The drive battery pack started to smoke, and then ultimately caught fire one hour after. The battery pack was charging connected to charge-discharge inspection equipment as part of final inspection. The plant contacted the fire department and the fire was extinguished at around 9:53 pm o...

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