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Daihatsu has announced plans to recalling over 500,000 vehicles in Japan due to taillight lenses that can fade over time. The lenses, originally orange, will bleach white with exposure to the sun, leading to a potential safety risk. As a result, Daihatsu is recalling a total of 435,423 Move hatchbacks built between 1995 and 2000, as well as 145,769 Mira models manufactured from 1998 to 2000. Both vehicles fall into Japans micro-car category and are powered by fuel-thrifty .66-liter engines.

The plug-in aficionados of the Japan Electric Vehicle Club hit the track this weekend in a Daihatsu Mira Van with a 74 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery to see how far they could go on a charge. The last time the crew attempted this feat in November 2009, they managed to squeeze out 345 miles before running out of juice.

The plug-in aficionados of the Japan Electric Vehicle Club hit the track this weekend in a Daihatsu Mira Van with a 74 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery to see how far they could go on a charge. The last time the crew attempted this, in November 2009, they managed to squeeze out 345 miles before running out juice.

It's now officially official. The Daihatsu Mira Van that was electrified by the Japan EV Club has had its 555.6 kilometer (345.23 miles) run recognized by the Guinness World Book of Records as the the longest journey by a non-solar electric vehicle without recharging. The kei conversion relied a 74 kWh (!) pack consisting of 8,320 cylindrical Sanyo lithium batteries very neatly integrated into the floor of the vehicle (right) to take it all the way from Tokyo to Osaka.

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