Panasonic to Supply Nickel Metal Hydride Battery Systems for Subaru's First
Hybrid Electric Vehicle
Osaka, Mar 29, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - Panasonic Corporation today announced
that it will supply nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery systems for Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd.'s first-ever hybrid electric vehicle (HEV). The Subaru XV
Crosstrek Hybrid designed for sale in the U.S. will be unveiled at the 2013 New
York International Auto Show (Press Days: March 27 and 28; Public Days: March
29 through April 7, 2013). The car will go on sale in the U.S. in autumn this
With a rising environmental consciousness, demand for rechargeable batteries
for eco-friendly vehicles is expected to grow rapidly. Panasonic is building up
its battery business to meet such demand. The company is already supplying
Ni-MH battery cells and systems for hybrid electric vehicles to a growing
number of automotive manufactuers around the world, as well as lithium-ion
battery cells and systems for hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles.
Panasonic started developing Ni-MH battery cells for HEVs in 1997 and has been
mass producing them since 2004. Panasonic's Ni-MH battery cells are
durable and able to maintain a high charging/discharging capacity over an
extended period of time, thanks to the company's unique battery
manufacturing technologies, including polar plate sintering technology*.
Panasonic also has many years of experience in building battery systems, such
as those incorporating battery cells with a control unit that optimizes the
performance of each battery cell.
Recognizing the performance of Panasonic's battery cells and systems as
well as its good track record in the market, Fuji Heavy Industries has selected
Panasonic as the battery system supplier for the first HEV model of the Subaru
Panasonic will continue to accelerate the development and commercialization of
high performance battery cells and systems to expand its eco-car battery
business on a global scale.
* Technology involving firing of metal nickel powder at high temperatures for
manufacturing rigid, porous nickel substrate.
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture
of electronic products in three business fields, consumer, components &
devices, and solutions. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded
consolidated net sales of 7.85 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2012.
Panasonic's stock is listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York
(NYSE:PC) Stock Exchanges. The company has the vision of becoming the No. 1
Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry by the 100th year of its
founding in 2018. For more information on Panasonic, its brand and commitment
to sustainability, visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net/.
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