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Hitachi Vehicle Energy’s Li-ion design and R&D ops to be moved into Hitachi Automotive Systems’ operations

Hitachi is transferring and integrating Hitachi Vehicle Energy’s (HVE) design and research & development operations relating to lithium-ion batteries for hybrid electric vehicles and electric vehicles into Hitachi Automotive Systems (HAS) on 1 April.

The aim of the move is to optimize synergies involved in the development and design of electric powertrains, while at the same time strengthening the ability to develop technologies for improving battery performance, Hitachi said. HVE will continue to strengthen its production technology, quality and other monozukuri (manufacturing) capabilities as a producer of lithium-ion batteries.

The fusion of Hitachi Vehicle Energy’s battery control technology with Hitachi Automotive Systems’ electric drive vehicle system control technology will also enhance the ability to provide more optimized solution proposals.

Specifically, Hitachi Automotive Systems’ electronics, control and software technologies will also be utilized in the development of battery management systems, for more sophisticated battery control, and to improve the pace and efficiency of next-generation battery development as well as battery performance and quality.

Hitachi Automotive Systems will continue to promote ways of combining products optimized for its customers, using functionally and efficiently integrated control of the motors and the inverters as well as the batteries that are the key components of electric drive vehicles and various electronic control system products.

Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas—the regional headquarters for the Americas within the global operations of Hitachi Automotive Systems—is supplying lithium-ion battery packs for the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid sport utility vehicle now on sale in North America.

The lithium-ion battery packs for the Pathfinder Hybrid are compact, lightweight units offering high power density capability. The battery cells are being manufactured by Hitachi Vehicle Energy for assembly into the battery packs at Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas’ Kentucky plant.

Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. HAS is engaged in the development, manufacture, sales and services of automotive components, transportation related components, industrial machines and systems, and offers a wide range of automotive systems including engine management systems, electric powertrain systems, drive control systems and car information systems.

Hitachi Vehicle Energy, Ltd. is a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. The company is developing lithium-ion battery technology for automotive application and expanding the scale of the mass production.


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