Now US Outlander PHEV is delayed because of battery shortage

First there is all the drama of the battery fires. Now, Mitsubishi says the Outlander PHEV production is way behind because of a battery shortage, likely partly caused by the production delay while they investigated the fires.

Mitsubishi has been ramping up the production of their battery packs from 2000 units per month, to 4000 units per month. Now they plan a further production increase to 5000 units per month in April 2014.

The increase will allow Mitsubishi to produce around 60,000 plug-in vehicles per year, up from the 30,000 they are making a year right now.

Since the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle has been selling like hotcakes, and using up all available battery production, Mitsubishi has decided to delay the US launch until 2015 when battery production has reached full capacity.

Mitsubishi has already sold over 11,500 of the Outlander PHEVs worldwide since the January 2013 introduction.

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