Toshiba, which last December announced the general commercial launch of a 4.2 Ah cell version of its fast-charging SCiB—Super Charge ion Battery—lithium-ion battery is also developing a 3.0 Ah high-power version of the cell specifically for hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) applications. (Earlier post.)
The new plant, to be built in Niigata Prefecture, would increase Toshiba’s production capacity for SCiB batteries by about 70-fold, according to The Nikkei. The company is targeting production levels of 10 million cells a month by 2015, with annual sales targeted at ¥200 billion (US$2.2 billion).
In December 2007, Toshiba unveiled a plan to use its SCiB to enter the battery market for industrial equipment applications. It set up machinery at a plant in Nagano Prefecture capable of producing 150,000 units a month, which it currently uses to manufacture SCiB batteries for electric bicycles and other products.
Toshiba uses a lithium titanate (LTO) material in its anode for improved safety and support for fast recharge. An LTO anode supports high rate capabilities and fast charge even at low temperatures.