Nikkei. Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. and other major Japanese companies will work together to develop common standards for automotive lithium-ion batteries.
A total of nine automakers and motorcycle manufacturers will take part, as well as six battery makers and Tokyo Electric Power Co.. A draft of the standards will be developed under the lead of an organization affiliated with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The companies aim to pitch their specifications to the International Organization for Standardization, with the goal of creating the global yardstick for lithium ion batteries in vehicles.
These standards are expected to cover such areas as testing methods and the safety of battery-powered vehicles. Charging methods for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are also expected to be standardized so that a single charger can be used with different vehicles.