Toyota and Panasonic on Tuesday confirmed plans for a joint-venture company responsible for production of vehicle batteries, not only to supply Toyota but also rivals. Pending approval by regulatory authorities, which is expected to take until late 2020, the joint-venture company will be established with Toyota taking a 51-percent stake and the remainder going to Panasonic. The new company will oversee research and development of battery technology as well as production at plants in China and Japan. Crucially, solid-state batteries were mentioned as part of the scope, alongside existing...
Japanese automakers partner on solid-state batteries in EV race
Japan's major automakers and battery manufacturers have teamed up with their government to fast-track the development of solid-state batteries. The automakers include Toyota, Nissan and Honda, who have joined forces with Japanese battery manufacturers Panasonic and GS Yuasa in the program, the...Viknesh Vijayenthiran
Toyota and Panasonic look to form battery alliance
Toyota and Panasonic announced on Wednesday their intention to study the feasibility of a battery joint venture. In a statement, the companies said the joint venture is intended to address growing demand and expectations for vehicle electrification. Toyota alone is targeting the sale of 4.5 million...Viknesh Vijayenthiran
Tesla Inks Battery Deal For Gigafactory—But Where?
Tesla and its battery partner Panasonic have finally confirmed a formal agreement to build a battery 'gigafactory'--from which Tesla will produce the huge volumes of batteries it needs to ensure continued expansion of the company. MUST SEE: Clear Valve Covers Make For Mesmerizing Machine Action...Antony Ingram
NASCAR Weekend At Infineon A Little Greener With Solar Power
It might seem ironic that on the weekend the NASCAR Cup series visited Infineon Raceway in Northern California, the circuit chose to announce the completion of its large solar arrays. As over forty NASCAR racers tore around the circuit for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on Saturday and Sunday, spectators...Antony Ingram
GM, Honda, And Others Launch Car Connectivity Consortium To Set Standards For In-Car Apps
New technology is exciting, but like most exciting things it's also fraught with peril -- and that's doubly true for developers. Think of all the tsoris caused by the great VHS vs. Beta battles of the 1980s, or the far more recent Blu-ray vs. HD DVD war, both of which cost manufacturers billions of...Richard Read
Volkswagen has announced that it has joined forces with a legend in the audio industry, Fender, with which it plans to launch a premium audio system for select 2012 models. The first model to be equipped with the Fender audio system will be the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta in GLI trim, and will be available this spring. Other models within the Volkswagen lineup, including the upcoming ‘New Mid-size Sedan’ and next-generation New Beetle, will offer the Fender audio system in the fall. To develop the audio system for Volkswagen, Fender formed a partnership with Panasonic that combined...