Sanyo's new battery factory located in Kasai city, Hyogo prefecture, Japan will make lithium-ion battery packs for electric vehicles. While that's nothing special, the factory's starting production capacity is. The factory will make one million lithium ion cells per month, with production expanding if demand increases.
Sanyo already has partnerships with Volkswagen and Suzuki to supply lithium ion battery packs for their hybrid and plug-in vehicles, but that list could soon include Ford, Honda and PSA Peugeot Citroen as well since Sanyo already provides NiMH batteries for those auto makers.
Sanyo appears to be making great strides toward its goal of capturing 40 percent of the rechargable battery market by 2020.
I'm hoping this new factory is an indicator of scaling up in electric vehicle production in general. As the vehicles and their parts become more mass produced, the costs will go down and the likelihood of more people buying them will go up.
via Autoblog Green
written by Gladys, August 04, 2010
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