After a near 5-month shutdown because of problems with overheating traction batteries, Mitsubishi has resumed production of its Outlander Plug-in hybrid vehicle Monday August 19.
According to the Japan Times, Mitsubishi Motors has changed the faulty battery and taken preventative measures to ensure batteries are not damaged during the assembly process.
Mitsubishi has received over 18,000 orders for the Outlander PHEV in Japan and Europe. Initially, it planned to manufacture 2000 vehicles per month, but has already announced it will increase production to 4,000 per month.
Initially launching in Japan in January 2013, Mitsubishi suspended production in March after determining batteries that had been dropped during a screening inspection were susceptible to overheating, and possibly causing a fire.