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The Minicab MiEV, one of eight plug-in vehicles that Mitsubishi intends to launch by the end of 2015, is now available to order in Japan. The Minicab MiEV is an electric commercial van that's offered with a choice of either a 10.5 kWh or a 16.0 kWh Toshiba-supplied battery pack. Mitsubishi says that the 10.5 kWh version of the Minicab MiEV can be purchased for approximately 1,700,000 yen ($20,621 U.S. at the current exchange rate), while the 16.0 kWh version rings up at 2,050,000 yen ($24,867 U.

The Minicab MiEV, one of the eight new plug-in vehicles Mitsubishi will be dishing out over the next few years, is to be powered by Toshiba's SCiB battery. The two companies had announced they would be working together last summer, in part to aid quicker development of the fast-charging, long lasting battery tech.

Toshiba has been quite secretive regarding the development of its li-ion SCiB battery technology for electric vehicles (EVs). As of late last year, the battery maker remained confident that its SCiB technology would eventually find its way into EVs produced by several automakers. And then a couple months back, Toshiba announced that it was continuing to develop the SCiB technology with the help of several undisclosed automakers. Now, Toshiba has formally announced a partnership with Mitsubishi t

Last month, when Toshiba announced it would build a second plant to produce its lithium titanate Super Charge Batteries (SCiB), no automakers had publicly declared they would use those particular packs. This is still the case. Now, though, if you were to just throw darts at a list of potential automakers who might be putting SCiBs into plug-in vehicles, there's a good chance you'll hit one who's actually going to, if Shoshi Kawatsu, the general manager of the SCiB division, is right. Kowatsu to

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