Mitsubishi grows electric car plant

Mitsubishi has announced plans to expand its electric vehicle plant in Brazil and is currently in talks with the country's government over the launch of a new electric car.

The Japanese auto maker, which plans to invest nearly £420m in the next five years in Brazil, is seeking tax exemptions for an upcoming electric car from the country's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

The 2013 launch of the Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle (i-MiEv), which can run up to six hours without a charge and reach 80 mph, is part of the auto manufacturer's expansion plans in Brazil.

Mitsubishi hopes to double its current yearly production of 50,000 vehicles following the expansion, which includes developing new models and setting up a second factory.

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