Toshiba is no stranger to the consumer electronics battery business, but now, like so many other companies, it wants a piece of the burgeoning automotive market. Ryuichi Nakata, head of Toshiba's grid and battery unit, announced that the company is collaborating with several unidentified automakers to adapt its new super charge ion batteries (SCiB) for use in hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles.
Toshiba currently has a plant under construction in northern Japan to produce the new cells. When the starts operation next February it will have a capacity of 500,000 cells per month, which will ramp up to 1,000,000 per month a year later. So far, Honda is Toshiba's only announced customer for the batteries. Honda will use the SCiB cells in an electric motorcycle.