Tokyo – MITSUBISHI MOTORS CORPORATION (MMC) announced that it will invest in the production of new electric Kei-cars at the Mizushima Plant in Kurashiki city, Okayama Prefecture. This investment will start in August 2020 and will be approximately 8 billion Japanese Yen.
MMC is considering developing the new electric Kei-car jointly with it’s alliance partner, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (Nissan). The investment will be made in:
- The establishment of assembly and inspection equipment for the drive battery, which will be newly adopted,
- The expansion of stamping, welding and painting assembly facilities following a shift to in-house production of drive battery cases, and
- The line expansion for manufacturing EV platforms.
Leveraging the grants from Okayama Prefecture, MMC is going to establish production capabilities by this investment, which will be partly borne by Nissan.
“The shift towards electric mobility is gaining momentum as South Africa joins the global electric vehicle revolution to support EV initiatives and technology.” says Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors SA (MMSA).
MMC continues its efforts in promoting electric vehicles collaborating with municipalities in Okayama Prefecture and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.