The Nikkei reports that Volkswagen AG and Sanyo Electric Co. jointly will develop a lithium-ion battery for hybrid and electric cars. VW hopes to start importing the battery for use in its vehicles by 2012, according to unnamed company sources.
Sanyo Electric Co Ltd showed a prototype Li-ion module for hybrid vehicles and a prototype Li-ion battery cell for plug-in hybrid vehicles at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show last November.
...Mitsuru Honma, senior vice president of Sanyo Electric, mentioned the cell for hybrid vehicles that was under development at 2007 Tokyo Automotive Conference, which ran from Oct 22-23, 2007, prior to the Motor Show.
“The cell achieved an energy density of 90Wh/kg and output density of 3,500W/kg,” he said. “It allows an input density of 3,300W/kg even at the time of regeneration.”—Tech-On, 30 October 2007
Sanyo plans to invest nearly ¥100 billion (US$973 million) in developing and producing lithium-ion batteries over the next three years.