Toyota and Panasonic Form Joint Venture Focused on Automotive Prismatic Batteries

February 03, 2020 by Paul Shepard

Toyota Motor Corporation and Panasonic Corporation have decided to establish Prime Planet Energy & Solutions, Inc., a joint venture specializing in automotive prismatic batteries. This decision comes just over a year since the two companies announced on January 22, 2019 that they had concluded a business integration contract and a joint-venture contract toward the establishment of a new company. Toyota and Panasonic have also decided the outline of the joint venture, which is planned to start on April 1, 2020.

The business focus of Prime Planet Energy & Solutions will include: Development, manufacture, and sales of high-capacity and high-output automotive prismatic lithium-ion batteries; Development, manufacture, and sales of automotive solid-state batteries; Development, manufacture, and sales of next-generation automotive batteries other than those mentioned above (including batteries based on new principles); and Ancillary and other operations related to the above.

Batteries―as solutions for providing energy for automobiles and various other forms of mobility, and as solutions for various kinds of environmental issues―are expected to fulfill a central role in society going forward―a role that supports people's lives.

The joint venture announced by Toyota and Panasonic will develop highly competitive, cost-effective batteries that are safe and feature excellent quality and performance (in terms of capacity, output, durability, etc.), enabling use with peace of mind by all customers. Furthermore, the joint venture will supply batteries not only to Toyota but also, broadly and stably, to all customers.

The joint venture's name embraces Toyota's and Panasonic's strong determination to provide their customers―while working in unison with many friends to keep our irreplaceable earth abundant and clean―broad-ranging, added-value solutions including and beyond the supply of energy in the form of batteries.