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Panasonic Lithium-ion Battery Cells for Ford Hybrids

Friday, February 24, 2012

Osaka- (PanOrient News) Panasonic Corporation today announced that it will supply lithium-ion battery cells for the 2012 range of Ford Fusion Hybrid Electric and C-Max Hybrid Electric as well as the Ford Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids in combination with a gasoline engine.

In compliance with growing environmental concerns and escalating oil prices Panasonic is building up its battery business to meet the growing demand for rechargeable batteries for eco-friendly vehicles.

The company is already supplying nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery cells and systems for hybrid electric vehicles to a growing number of automotive manufactures around the world. The lithium-ion battery supply agreement with Ford Motor Company builds on a long-term partnership between the two companies. SANYO Electric Co. Ltd. acquired by Panasonic last year, has been supplying Ni-MH battery systems for the Ford Escape hybrid vehicle since 2004.

The company’s battery systems have been powering the Ford Escape Hybrid, and the company’s battery cells which are delivered in cell stack configuration to increase transportation efficiency and reliability, have been powering the Ford Fusion Hybrid, and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. The partnership now includes lithium-ion battery cells for the four Ford hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.

Panasonic said it continues to push the development and commercialization of high performance rechargeable batteries for green vehicles. Its expansion of its rechargeable battery business globally, thereby assists in the reduction of the carbon footprint of worldwide automotive activity.

Photo: Ford Fusion Hybrid Electric/Fusion Energi-Lithium-ion battery cell for plug-in hybrid vehicles (left) and
hybrid electric vehicles

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