The Mitsubishi i MiEV
stores energy for propulsion in a lithium ion battery pack that now has twenty to thirty percent more capacity than the last version. The battery is produced by a new joint venture company
owned by GS Yuasa and Mitsubishi. With these latest cells, the i MiEV
has had its range bumped from 81 miles to about 99-106 miles per charge. The battery company is not exclusive to Mitsubishi and they will make there energy storage systems available to any car-maker that's interested. Mitsubishi hopes to have a commercial launch of an electric car
using these new lithium batteries by 2010.
[Source: Green Car Congress]