• Jan 7, 2011
Sanyo's Kasai Plant in Japan

Back in August, Sanyo Electric Co., a common name in the rechargeable battery industry, completed construction of its Kasai Plant, a lithium-ion automotive battery production facility in Hyogyo prefecture, Japan. The factory is currently capable of cranking out up to one million battery cells per month, but Sanyo is looking to invest 15 billion yen ($180 million U.S. at the current exchange rate) to raise output at the Kasai site by 150 percent.

With two additional lithium-ion production lines scheduled to become operational in 2011, Sanyo's Kasai plant will double its current battery output. Furthermore, Sanyo's decision to boost production at the site would place it among the top in the world in terms of annual output capacity of lithium-ion battery cells. The Kasai facility only manufacturers batteries intended for use in plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, which Sanyo currently supplies to automakers including Volkswagen and Suzuki.

[Source: Reuters]


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      • 21 Hours Ago
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      • 21 Hours Ago
      Nice. There must be more demand than they anticipated. Someone start using Enerdel's batteries!
      • 21 Hours Ago
      Yet some people still continue to insist that ev will be unaffordable for five more years and there is no economic need to get them available at an affordable price. If only investing in this area wasn't so difficult.
      • 21 Hours Ago
      Interesting! So they are investing heavily to increase production for companies that currently have no BEVs on the market. They wouldn't do this if they weren't sure of selling them so either they have agreements with other (likely Japanese) car companies or Volkswagen and Suzuki expect to hit the ground running by announcing high volume BEVs. Either way this is good news.
        • 21 Hours Ago
        Royharvie:

        You're right this article is missing the largest of Sanyo's customers, Toyota. Toyota's been using Sanyo's batteries for years in some of their low volume, Japan-only hybrids. There are also the announced supplier from the Plug-in Prius.

        It also might be worth noting that Sanyo was recently bought by Panasonic, who has a contract to supply Li-Ion batteries to Tesla. This factory could play a part in that deal. I would think the production RAV4-EV would also use these batteries.
      • 21 Hours Ago
      The competition begins..

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