TOKYO - Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has set a world record for an electric vehicle with an FTO-EV prototype that ran 2,000 kilometers, or 1,242.8 miles, in 24 hours, thanks to newly developed manganese lithium-ion batteries.
The batteries, developed by Japan Storage Battery Co. and Mitsubishi Chemical Corp., offer a significant increase in cruising range per charge and much faster charging.
The manganese lithium-ion batteries have a capacity of 27 kilowatt-hours, compared with 26 for nickel metal hydride and 17 for lead acid batteries.
The new batteries weigh 792 pounds, compared with 986 pounds for nickel metal hydride and 1,078 pounds for lead acid batteries.
The manganese lithium-ion batteries can be charged in 20 minutes, compared with 55 minutes for Ni-MH batteries and 25 minutes for lead acid batteries.