Panasonic to boost hybrid battery production in 2009
As has been the case, Panasonic EV expects the bulk of next year's production to go to Toyota, although they do supply batteries to other companies. The Chevy Tahoe/GMC Yukon 2-Mode hybrids currently use a Panasonic battery pack. At this year's Detroit Auto Show, Toyota announced plans to introduce two new dedicated hybrid vehicles at the 2009 exhibition. One will be the third-generation Prius while the other will be a Lexus-branded model. Most carmakers are forming some kind of partnership with battery companies to ensure that they have access to technology and supplies. Honda works with Sanyo, Nissan with NEC and Mitsubishi with GS Yuasa.
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