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Sanyo Supplying Li-ion Batteries for Suzuki Swift Plug-in Hybrid

Sanyo Electric recently announced an agreement with Suzuki Motor to supply lithium-ion battery systems for the Swift Plug-in Hybrid. (Earlier post.) Suzuki has already announced its intention to start manufacturing the vehicles.

The plug-in is powered by a 55 kW, 180 N·m AC synchronous motor and a 2.66 kWh Li-ion battery pack. The 0.66L engine is the K6A, earlier versions of which were used in the Cappuccino.

The Swift Plug-in Hybrid will serve as a model supported by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. The new model will serve as a demonstration experiment and the experiment will be implemented at Suzuki dealers from this autumn.

Sanyo has been supplying nickel-metal hydride batteries for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) to Honda and Ford since 2004. Sanyo has also been carrying out joint development with the Volkswagen Group for next-generation nickel-metal hydride and lithium-ion battery systems, as well as with PSA Peugeot Citroen for a nickel-metal hydride battery system. Sanyo sees this new partnership as a way to further enhance its relationship with Suzuki and further appeal its strengths in next-generation battery technology for automobiles.

Sanyo plans to accelerate the development and commercialization of high-performance batteries, and is working on global business expansion of rechargeable automotive batteries.



This could turn out to be a common sense PHEV with a smaller lower cost battery pack from a major supplier and smaller common sense genset. It could also become a lower cost affordable PHEV if mass produced.


Even if the small engine has to run most of the time it still gets 60mpg


this is stupid and late
suzuki should be doing small electric cars
a swift all electric would be selling milions and make them rich
lets hope dont be too late for them
hybrids today dont make sense


2.6 kWh is only twice what the current Prius has.

Interesting that they can make a PHEV out of that, it suggests that life and cycle are much improved for their latest LiIon variant.

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