Japanese lithium-ion battery makers develop future strategies

Toyota increases production capacity to 200,000 vehicles



6.7 kWh lithium-ion battery pack for Accord PHV
A 6.7kWh lithium-ion battery pack made by Blue Energy for Honda's Accord Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle

 Summarized below are the development, production and supply status of lithium-ion batteries for automotive use by Japanese battery manufacturers during the past one year. Nissan Motor Company Ltd. (Nissan) and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) are leading electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers. Over half of demand for automotive lithium-ion battery in Japan is supplied by two battery manufacturers, Automotive Energy Supply Corporation and Lithium Energy Japan, in which Nissan and Mitsubishi have stakes respectively.

 Nickel metal hydride battery (Ni-MH battery) has been used by Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Honda Motor Company (Honda) on their hybrid vehicles (HV) . However, more HVs equipped with lithium-ion battery is expanding.

Related MarkLines reports:
* "Toyota aggressively adds all-new models to HV lineup" (posted in October 2013)
* "Honda introduces three types of HV; Mitsubishi shows EV-Derived PHV" (posted in October 2013)
* "The International Rechargeable Battery Expo 2013" (posted in March 2013)