Toyota, Panasonic To Develop Automotive Prismatic Battery


Suzuki Motor Corp's president said the Japanese automaker will not join efforts by Toyota Motor Corp and Panasonic Corp to develop batteries for electric vehicles, but a supply deal could be possible. Roughly 60% of the world's lithium-ion batteries are now made in China, where the government is taking aggressive steps to expand the electric-vehicle market and nurture key technologies.

According to the Tribune report, an inspector from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management visited U.S. Steel last month, when plant managers told the inspector they decided not to test for hexavalent chromium in the water. Leaps in battery technology could help Japanese automakers catch up to foreign peers such as Volkswagen and Chinese manufacturers, which already have medium- to long-term electric-car strategies in place and are investing heavily in battery production.

Mr. Toyoda said regulatory changes and the speed of battery development would determine how quickly EVs spread.

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"It would be hard for us to meet our 2030 goals given the current pace of battery development".

Collaboration will also bring technological benefits. Panasonic has been handling "everything from development to production while strengthening ties with carmakers", President Kazuhiro Tsuga said.

Toyota's battery needs are likely to increase after it said previous year it would add fully electric vehicles to its product line-up in the early 2020s, expanding a green-car strategy which has focused on plug-in hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles (FCV).

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"Toyota and Panasonic target further advancements in automotive batteries, which are crucial technologies in electrified vehicles", the statement said.

In the summer, Toyota agreed to a collaborative effort with rival Mazda and auto parts supplier Denso to set up a production facility in the USA for the further development of core technologies in the manufacture of electric vehicles.

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