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Report: Mitsubishi Minicab MiEV to get Toshiba SCiB battery

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.

Apparently the union has paid off and the fruit of it should start rolling out of the factory sometime this Fall. An electric version of Mitsubshi's venerable mini workhorse is already roaming the streets of Tokyo and like this protoype, the production version should also have a 100-km (62-mile) range. The automaker is said to like the SCiB for its low cost, long life and fast-charge ability. The price is expected to be under 2 million yen ($24,210 U.S. at today's exchange rate) after government subsidies. The Japanese automaker hopes to sell 10,000 examples a year of the Minicab MiEV in its home market.

[Source: Nikkei via Green Car Congress]

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