Where will Nissan get its future batteries?
Panasonic's standing in the plug-in and hybrid battery production industry has zoomed ahead like a Tesla Model S taking off from a standstill. That's appropriate because the Japanese company's relationship with the California-based automaker has been the primary reason for its growth, which looks like it will continue to be rapid.
Bankrupt lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems may have gained a new owner, but will lose a lot of money in the pending sale to China-based Wanxiang Group, Reuters reports, citing an unidentified US Energy Department official.
In an effort to promote a membership-based charging service for electric vehicles (EVs), Nissan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sumitomo and NEC Corporation. Under terms laid out in the MOU, the trio of companies will conduct a study aimed at developing charging facilities that can provide continuous and readily accessible service to EV drivers that elect to take part in the membership program.
NEC Corporation, a Japanese-based advanced technology company, announced plans to substantially increase its production capacity for the electrodes used in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The firm intends to boost electrode output fivefold to meet increasing demand for advanced batteries.
Nissan and NEC are apparently seeing a lot of potential for their lithium battery joint venture. The Japanese Nikkei is reporting that Automotive Energy Supply Corp. will spend upwards of $1.1 billion on production facilities for lithium ion batteries to be used in hybrid and electric vehicles. The original production plan for 13,000 units in 2010 and 65,000 in 2011 has apparently been pulled ahead a year. The 2011 target is now for 200,000 batteries a year.
Nissan admits that it has fallen behind when it comes to eco-friendly automobile technology, and it's working hard at rectifying that situation. With all of Nissan's ambitious plans for electric and hybrid vehicles in the coming years, it is going to need lots and lots of batteries, lithium ion batteries in specific. To that end, the NEC and Nissan joint venture will be opening a new plant for the mass production of its batteries. Initial output is expected to be roughly 13,000 units per year, b
NEC Corporation has decided to take action to protect the planet: they currently offer tours in which they plant trees that offset CO2 emissions. For instance, NEC took 20 employees to Kangaroo Island, Australia and each of them planted at least 10 trees each. For these tours, NEC expects to not only offset the carbon, but also to reach a net reduction of about four tons of CO2, twice the estimated emissions produced by the tour.
Nissan and NEC are teaming up for a new joint venture to develop and produce lithium ion battery packs for hybrid and electric cars. The new venture will start mass producing batteries in 2009 which should be just in time for Nissan's previously announced in-house developed hybrid system. Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC) will focus on automotive battery systems and along with Nissan they will seek contracts to supply other automakers as well. Currently Nissan's first hybrid, the new A
Just-Auto is reporting that Nissan has approached electronics giant NEC to work on new lithium-ion batteries together. This would certainly help Nissan in its goal to add more hybrid and fuel cell cars, as well as an all-electric within three years.
As we reported earlier, Nissan plans to create a new series of hybrid vehicles to be released in 2010. It was just announced that Nissan may partner with NEC to create lithium ion batteries suitable for use in hybrid vehicles, reportedly also to be released in 2010.