SANYO Completes New Factory for Li-ion Batteries for Eco-friendly Vehicles

August 04, 2010 by Jeff Shepard

SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) announce the completion of SANYO’s new factory for the lithium-ion batteries for eco-friendly vehicles in its Kasai Plant (Kasai city, Hyogo prefecture, Japan.)

Given the growing public concern for conserving the environment, SANYO is enhancing the development of rechargeable batteries for eco-friendly vehicles, which is expecting increased market demand. SANYO has already been supplying nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) to Ford, Honda and Volkswage, while a co-development of the NiMH batteries with PSA Peugeot Citroen.

In addition, SANYO is co-developing lithium-ion batteries for HEV with the Volkswagen group. SANYO lithium-ion batteries for Plug-in HEV will also be housed in SUZUKI’s fleet vehicles.

The completion of the new factory will make it possible for SANYO to further meet demands of the lithium-ion batteries for eco-friendly vehicles from various auto makers. The factory will start with a production capacity of 1 million cells per month, with the aim to expand the production scale depending on demand.