Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance invests in Enevate to advance Si-dominant Li-ion battery technology for EVs

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Alliance Ventures, the strategic venture capital arm of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, has invested in the latest round of funding in Enevate Corporation, an advanced lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology company based in Irvine, California. The investment reflects the capability of Enevate in advanced Li-ion batteries capable of extreme fast charging with high energy density and safety.

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Ube Industries and Mitsubishi Chemical to form 50-50 Li-ion battery electrolyte JV in China

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and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation have agreed to a tie-up for their electrolyte businesses in China under a 50-50 joint venture to supply highly competitive electrolyte to the market. Ube Industries and Mitsubishi Chemical will apply for approval from government authorities in China and other relevant countries. The market for lithium-ion batteries used in automobiles is rapidly growing in China, driven by government subsidy policies. Ube Industries, Ltd.

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Bosch highlighting solid-state Li-ion cells; double current energy density, production-ready in 5 years

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At the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), Bosch is highlighting its solid-state Li-ion battery technology, saying that the technology for electric cars could be production-ready in as little as five years.

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Mitsubishi Plastics completes new Li-ion battery separator plant

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Mitsubishi Plastics, Inc. has completed construction of its new plant for Li-ion battery separators. Mitsubishi expanded production to meet rising demand, with almost ¥2.5 The SEPALENT produced at the new plant will undergo quality testing to be certified by each lithium-ion secondary battery manufacturer. Mitsubishi Plastics decided to construct a new plant and install the second production line last year.

Mitsubishi Chemical Increasing Li-ion NMC Cathode Material Production 3.7x

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Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation is increasing its production capacity of lithium-ion battery cathode materials some 3.7 Mitsubishi is manufacturing nickel-cobalt-manganese materials with a lower cobalt ratio (about 10%) than typical (usually about Ni:Mn:Co = 1:1:1, or about 33% cobalt content). Mitsubishi Chemical makes all four of the major components of a lithium-ion battery: cathode, anode, separator and electrolyte.

Mitsubishi Chemical grants BASF usage license for Vinylene Carbonate in electrolytes for Li-ion batteries

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BASF and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation have signed a royalty-bearing licensing agreement granting BASF usage rights for Vinylene Carbonate based on Mitsubishi Chemical’s proprietary patents. Vinylene Carbonate is an important electrolyte performance additive that ensures the efficient long-term stability of Li-ion battery cells.

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Japan NEDO launches major $90M solid-state Li-ion battery project targeting EVs; 23 companies, 15 universities/research institutes

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Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has launched the second phase of a major solid-state Li-ion battery project in a quest to achieve both high energy density and safety in batteries for electric vehicles. The project ultimately aims to lower the battery pack cost to around ¥10,000/ kWh ($90/kWh) by around 2030—about one-third the cost for existing lithium-ion batteries.

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Report: Mitsubishi to use Toshiba Li-ion battery in Minicab MiEV

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The Nikkei reports that Mitsubishi Motors Corp. ’s lithium-ion batteries for the MMC Minicab MiEV. In July 2010, Toshiba announced that it was working with Mitsubishi Motors to bring its SCiB battery ( earlier post ) to electric vehicles (EVs).

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Bosch, GS Yuasa, Mitsubishi form JV for next-gen Li-ion battery technology; targeting a doubling of capacity

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and Mitsubishi Corporation have set up a joint venture—Lithium Energy and Power GmbH & Co. KG—to develop next-generation lithium-ion battery technology with a goal of doubling energy capacity. Our aim is to make lithium-ion batteries twice as efficient. and Mitsubishi Corporation each holding 25 percent. and Yutaka Kashiwagi from Mitsubishi Corporation. Robert Bosch GmbH, GS Yuasa International Ltd.,

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Report: GS Yuasa, Mitsubishi and Magna Planning JV for Automotive Li-ion Batteries in Europe

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Mitsubishi Corp. are planning to set up a joint venture for the European production of automotive Li-ion batteries. GS Yuasa reportedly will have a majority stake, Magna 20-40% and Mitsubishi the remainder. Costing 40 billion yen [US$466 million] or so, their factory will likely be one of the largest electric-vehicle lithium ion battery plants in Europe and is to be built in Spain or Austria. The Nikkei reports that GS Yuasa Corp., and Magna International Inc.

2010 69

Mitsubishi Heavy develops containerized large-scale Li-ion energy storage system

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., (MHI), MHI), has developed Japan’s first cargo container-type large-capacity energy storage system using Li-ion batteries. Japan’s first container-type large-capacity energy storage system using lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. The system is capable of providing power of up to one megawatts (MW), and its mobility makes the system suitable for a wide range of applications, including emergency use.

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Mitsubishi Chemical to produce formulated electrolyte for Li-ion batteries in China

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Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) will establish a new subsidiary in China in February 2012 to manufacture and sell formulated electrolyte for Lithium-ion batteries (LiBs). Commercial operation is expected by the end of 2012. Battery production in China is expected to grow rapidly, both for the consumer electronics and for the emerging automotive applications. MCC anticipates a sharp raise in demand for formulated electrolyte in the near future.

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Mitsubishi Heavy to supply 500 kWh (normal) containerized Li-ion energy storage system to power grid of Orkney Islands

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. The project aims at demonstrating power supply stabilization in the region by introducing cargo container-type large capacity energy storage system using a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, which has a maximum power output capacity of 2MW. In the project, Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe, Ltd. Each battery container houses more than 2,000 units of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.

2012 92

AES Selects Mitsubishi-GS Yuasa and Parker-Hannifin to supply Li-ion grid Energy Storage System in Chile

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The battery energy storage system will be supplied by Mitsubishi Corporation with the lithium-ion battery module manufactured by GS Yuasa and the lithium ion battery cells by Lithium Energy Japan, a joint venture of Mitsubishi Corporation and GS Yuasa. The project is owned by AES Gener, the second-largest power generator in the country, and Mitsubishi Corporation.

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Mitsubishi Chemical Boosting Production of Li-ion Anode Materials by 130%

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Mitsubishi Chemical will increase its production capacity of anode materials for rechargable lithium-ion batteries to 7,000 tons annually by next May from its current output level of 3,000 tons. Mitsubishi will boost that by an additional 2,000 tons next May. The company said it is responding to growing demand for lithium ion batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles.

2010 73

MHI to supply 2 electric buses featuring MLIX Li-ion batteries for Kitakyushu City

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. The buses—full-size, low-floor models for the city’s regular route network—will operate on MHI’s high-performance “ MLIX ” lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. The MLIX lithium-ion rechargeable battery to be featured on the new electric buses is lightweight, compact in size, and offers reliability and long service life.

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Mitsubishi Heavy completes construction of test plant for Li-ion batteries; annual capacity 66 MWh

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MHI) has completed the construction of a commercial test plant for lithium-ion secondary batteries at its Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works. Besides producing lithium-ion secondary batteries, MHI has entered into the market for the products using the battery. In October 2009 MHI began marketing the first engine/battery hybrid forklift trucks using a lithium-ion battery in the power train.

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Masdar Institute files US patent for Li-ion solid polymer electrolyte battery technology

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UAE-based Masdar Institute of Science and Technology has filed a provisional patent application with the US Patents and Trademarks Office for a new solid polymer electrolyte technology for Li-ion batteries. This can be achieved without adding any flammable organic solvents that are typically used with lithium-ion batteries. The new technology may not have any direct relation with the Mitsubishi EVs that are being piloted at Masdar Institute.

Report: GS Yuasa to produce new Li-ion batteries by 2020 that double range of small EVs

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The Nikkei reports that by 2020, Japan’s GS Yuasa will begin mass producing lithium-ion batteries that double the driving range of small electric vehicles. Lithium Energy Japan, a joint venture with trading house Mitsubishi Corp. and carmaker Mitsubishi Motors, will develop the cells, which will be produced at its plant in Shiga Prefecture and supplied to automakers in Japan and Europe. GS Yuasa is the world’s fourth-largest supplier of automotive lithium-ion batteries.

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SK Energy to Supply Li-ion Batteries to Daimlers Mitsubishi Fuso

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South Korea-based SK Energy said it has been chosen as a supplier of lithium-ion batteries for a hybrid electric vehicle project for Daimler commercial vehicle subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso; Daimler holds 85% of Fuso. Earlier this month, a source at SK Energy said the South Korean oil refiner was close to a battery deal with Mitsubishi Fuso. Reuters.

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Toshiba Partnering with Mitsubishi To Develop Li-ion SCiB Battery Systems for EVs

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Toshiba Corporation announced that it is working with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation to bring its SCiB battery ( earlier post ) to electric vehicles (EVs). The SCiB is Toshiba’s rechargeable lithium-ion battery that combines high levels of safety with a long life and rapid recharging. Mitsubishi has also earlier formed a joint venture with GS Yuasa—Lithium Energy Japan—to manufacture large-capacity and high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

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Continental and SK Innovation move forward on automotive Li-ion battery joint venture

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Moving forward on their Heads of Agreement signed earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show ( earlier post ) Korea-based SK Innovation and the international automotive supplier Continental signed an agreement to found a jointly managed company to develop, to produce and to market automotive Li-ion battery systems.

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GS Yuasa bringing new automotive Li-ion battery factory online; targeting lowering production costs to 25% of 2009 level

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will bring a new automotive Li-ion battery factory in Shiga Prefecture online next month, with the aim of reducing production costs. The annual output of the factory, which is being built with Mitsubishi Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. billion (US$471 million), will be enough to equip 50,000 Mitsubishi Motors i-MiEV electric vehicles. Nikkei. GS Yuasa Corp.

Report: Bosch and GS Yuasa targeting production of lower-cost, higher-capacity Li-ion battery in 2020

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Udo Wolz, the president of Bosch Japan, told reporters that Bosch and its partner GS Yuasa ( earlier post ) “ are on a good path ” in developing a lithium-ion battery with twice the energy density at half the cost, according to a report in Automotive News Europe. and Mitsubishi Corporation each holding 25%.

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SK breaks ground on Li-ion battery plant in S. Korea

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SK Innovation has broken ground for an automotive Li-ion battery plant in Seosan, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea. They will be supplied to Hyundai Motor for its BlueOn subcompact, Mercedes-Benz for the SLS AMG E-Cell sports car and Mitsubishi Fuso for hybrid trucks. Chosun Ilbo. Scheduled to be completed next year, the W250 billion facility will be able to produce batteries for some 25,000 electric vehicles per year (US$1=W1,080).

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Honda and GS Yuasa Formalize Li-ion Joint Venture

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GS Yuasa Corporation and Honda signed a joint venture contract to establish a new joint venture company for manufacturing, sales and R&D of Lithium-ion batteries for hybrid vehicles. The new company will manufacture batteries based on GS Yuasa’s 6Ah-class prismatic Li-ion EH6 cell. GS Yuasa also has a joint venture Li-ion company with Mitsubishi (Lithium Energy Japan, LEJ) to manufacture large-capacity and high-performance lithium-ion batteries targeted for EVs.

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GS Yuasa to supply Li-ion batteries to PSA Peugeot Citron for electric commercial vehicles

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plans to supply lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles to PSA Peugeot Citroëën SA. GS Yuasa now supplies lithium ion batteries to Mitsubishi Motors for use in the i-MiEV electric car. The batteries will be made at a Ritto, Shiga Prefecture, plant of Lithium Energy Japan, a joint venture GS Yuasa set up with Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Mitsubishi Corp. Nikkei. GS Yuasa Corp.

SK Energy to Supply Li-ion Batteries to Hyundai, Kia for EVs

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will provide Li-ion batteries ( earlier post ) to Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors for electric vehicles (EVs), beginning with the i10 ( earlier post ). In October 2009, SK Energy was chosen as a supplier of lithium-ion batteries for a hybrid electric vehicle project for Daimler commercial vehicle subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso; Daimler holds 85% of Fuso. South Korea-based SK Energy Co.

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GS Yuasa Developing 25 Ah Li-ion Iron Phosphate Cell

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GS Yuasa, the provider of the LEV50 Li-ion cell ( earlier post ) used in the battery pack for the i-MiEV, is developing a 25 Ah lithium iron phosphate (LFP) prototype, said Dr. Masanori Kitamura from GS Yuasa’s Corporate Strategic Planning group in a presentation at the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference 2009 (AABC). Dr. Kitamura is also a director of Lithium Energy Japan, GS Yuasa’s joint venture with Mitsubishi.

Lithium Energy Japan Building Second Li-Ion Plant for Mitsubishi i MiEV

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Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Mitsubishi Corp. earlier post ), plans to construct a battery factory in response to Mitsubishi Motors’ plans to boost production of its i MiEV electric vehicle. The joint venture will spend ¥2-3 billion (US$21-32 million) to build the lithium-ion battery factory in Kyoto. Nikkei. Lithium Energy Japan, a joint venture between GS Yuasa Corp.,

MHI delivers large-capacity Li-ion energy storage system for advanced microgrid study and verification testing at Shimizu Corp.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., (MHI) MHI) has delivered a large-capacity Li-ion battery energy storage system to the Shimizu Institute of Technology in Tokyo. The energy storage system, which is capable of 100 kW output with 60 kWh capacity, is currently one of the largest indoor lithium-ion battery-based systems in Japan. The lithium-ion rechargeable battery energy storage system installed in the microgrid system uses 320 units of a 50 Ah-class cell.

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SK Innovation to supply Li-ion batteries for SLS AMG E-Cell

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SK Innovation (formerly SK Energy) will supply lithium-ion batteries for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell electric super sportscar. The company will also supply lithium-ion batteries for hybrid commercial vehicles made by Mitsubishi Fuso, a Japanese subsidiary of Daimler, starting in 2012. The SLS AMG E-CELL drive features a liquid-cooled, 400V lithium-ion modular battery pack with an energy content of 48 kWh and a capacity of 40 Ah. Chosunilbo.

Prototype electric New Flyer transit bus powered by 120 kWh MHI MLiX Li-ion pack in operational testing in Manitoba, Canada

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An all-electric, battery-powered prototype demonstration bus under joint development by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. The 40-foot “E-Bus” is based on New Flyer’s 40-foot Xcelsior heavy-duty transit bus and is powered by a 120 kWh lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack developed by MHI. The $3-million electric bus project costs are split equally between the Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Hydro and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

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SK Energy and USABC to Evaluate SK Li-ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles

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SK Energy, Asia’s fourth largest energy provider and Korea’s first oil refining company, develops and manufactures lithium-ion battery separators (LIBS) as well as lithium-ion batteries for applications ranging from consumer electronics to transportation. The company is the main battery supplier for the Mitsubishi Fuso hybrid electric trucks ( earlier post ), as well as the supplier for Korea-based CT&T’s low-speed electric vehicles.

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Mitsubishi bringing 2018 Outlander PHEV to US in December

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Mitsubishi is bringing the plug-in hybrid crossover Outlander (the best-selling PHEV in Europe) to the US. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) will arrive in dealerships in December 2017 with an MSRP of $34,595.

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Mitsubishi reports fire in i-MiEV battery pack, melting in Outlander PHEV pack

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Mitsubishi Motors reported two separate incidents with Li-ion battery packs: one, a fire in a i-MiEV battery pack at the Mizushima battery pack assembly plant; the other, heating and melting in a pack installed in an Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Mitsubishi has shipped 45 units (for specified corporations) and 68 units of that type of pack for the domestic market as spare parts.

Lithium Energy Japan Commits to Construction of New Li-ion Plant with Annual Capacity for 50,000 i MiEVs

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Mitsubishi Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp, will build a new Plant in Ritto City, Shiga Pref., million cells a year, enough to equip 50,000 Mitsubishi i-MiEV EVs with their 16 kWh packs. LEJ has succeeded in developing technologies to produce the large capacity lithium-ion cells in the specially designed mass production line, and is now prepared to launch full-scale operations capable of meeting the needs of more than 10,000 EVs per year.

Enevate announces new 4th-generation Si-dominant battery technology; optimized for high volume production

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Enevate, a developer of advanced silicon-dominant Li-ion battery technology capable of extreme fast charging for electric vehicles (EVs), announced its new fourth-generation technology optimized for high volume commercialization and manufacturing at gigafactory scale. Today’s conventional large-format Li-ion EV cells are at 500-600 Wh/L and typically take more than 1 hour to charge.

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GS Yuasa books $30M in extraordinary losses for faulty batteries in Mitsubishi PEVs

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set aside ¥3 billion (US$30 million) for the April-June quarter as extraordinary losses associated with Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s Mitsubishi Motors in June issued the recall, which incurs collection and replacement costs for GS Yuasa. Although GS Yuasa is also the supplier of the troubled Li-ion battery for the Boeing 787, there is no impact at this point on earnings, the company said. The Nikkei reported that GS Yuasa Corp.

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Mitsubishi to unveil Outlander PHEV at 2012 Paris Motor Show

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will present the global debut of the new Outlander SUV plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) at the 2012 Paris Motor Show later this month. The Outlander PHEV, which combines a Twin Motor 4WD system comprising two 60 kW independent electric motors (one on each axle); a 12 kWh Li-ion battery pack; and a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder MIVEC gasoline engine, has a targeted fuel economy in excess of 61 km/liter (143.5

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Mitsubishi Electric Shows Prototypes of Ultracapacitor-Battery Hybrid Energy Storage Device

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Mitsubishi Electric Corp has demonstrated prototypes of a hybrid energy storage cell that combines the fast charge-discharge power capabilities and long life of an EDLC (electric double layer capacitor) and the greater energy storage capacity of a Li-ion battery in a single cell.

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Mitsubishi reveals diesel-electric hybrid and battery-electric concepts at Geneva: GR-HEV and CA-MiEV

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) unveiled the MITSUBISHI Concept GR-HEV (Grand Runner-HEV) diesel-electric hybrid pickup truck and the MITSUBISHI Concept CA-MiEV (Compact and Advanced-MiEV) concept models at the 83 rd Geneva International Motor Show. Concept GR-HEV.

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Report: Mitsubishi Motors Planning Five More EV Models

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The Nikkei reports that Mitsubishi will soon introduce five other electric models, and that by fiscal 2013, it intends to sell upwards of 30,000 electric vehicles and be profitable. Concurrent with beginning production of the i MiEV ( earlier post ), Mitsubishi Motors had also outlined its “Mitsubishi Motors Group Environmental Vision 2020” roadmap for its near-future, including a production volume at least 20% of which is electric vehicles.