Toyota Wants to Increase Lithium-Ion Battery Production to 20,000/Year
May 20, 2013 9:30 PM
The lithium-ion batteries will likely replace the nickel-metal hydride batteries that Toyota currently uses in its hybrid cars
Toyota announced that it would up its lithium-ion battery production, ending its
reluctance to use the technology in its mainstream hybrids
Toyota and Panasonic plan on building a new production line for about 20 billion yen ($194 million USD) in an effort to increase lithium-ion battery production to 200,000 per year.
The lithium-ion batteries will replace the nickel-metal hydride batteries that Toyota currently uses in its hybrid cars. Lithium-ion batteries are lighter, smaller and offer greater driving range.
Some of Toyota’s competitors – including Ford and Hyundai/Kia – already use lithium-ion battery packs in vehicles like the
2013 Toyota Prius
It's also likely that the lithium-ion batteries will be used in Toyota's Prius gasoline-electric hybrid cars, but the company declined to mention if the
next generation Prius will get some li-ion action
, Toyota's Prius line accounted for 70 percent of the 5 million gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles the company has sold since they launched in 1997.
In January of this year, Toyota's Prius was named the
best-selling vehicle in California
with 60,688 units sold.
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