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Hitachi Automotive supplying Li-ion packs to Nissan for the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid

Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.—the regional headquarters for the Americas within the global operations of Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.—is supplying the 144V lithium-ion battery pack for the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid sport utility vehicle now on sale in North America. (Earlier post.)

Li-ion pack for the Pathfinder. Click to enlarge.

The battery cells are being manufactured by Hitachi Vehicle Energy, Ltd., a Hitachi Automotive Systems Group company, for assembly into the battery packs at Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas’ Kentucky plant.

Hitachi Vehicle Energy is currently on its fourth-generation of Li-ion cells designed for hybrid applications—a new prismatic format (earlier generations were cylindrical) with specific power of 4,500 W/kg and specific energy of 72 Wh/kg.

Hitachi launched its vehicle battery business in 1999, as the first mass producer of safe, high-performance, long-operating-life lithium-ion batteries. It has since supplied the market with more than 4.5 million cells for commercial hybrid buses and trucks and hybrid passenger vehicles.

Hitachi Automotive Systems Group is pushing forward with the development of electric vehicle battery systems, expansion of sales, and other efforts for meeting the current and future needs of customers worldwide.


Dave R

I wonder why isn't Nissan using it's brand new battery pack in Smyrna?

Nissan must feel that Hitachi is able to deliver a better product for less money than what they are able to provide?

Perhaps they have a better hybrid-focused battery than Nissan/AESC?

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