Nikkei. Panasonic EV Energy Co., the joint venture between Toyota Motor Corp. and Panasonic Corp. that produces battery packs for Toyota’s hybrids plans to boost output capacity at a hybrid battery plant in Taiwa, Miyagi Prefecture.
The expansions to 200,000 units in April, then 300,000 units by autumn, up from 100,000 now, will bring the battery maker’s overall output capacity to 1.1 million, a 40% jump from the end of last year.
The joint venture this month started mass production of nickel-hydrogen batteries at the Miyagi site. The batteries are used in Toyota’s Prius hybrids.