Mazda's future EV cars and other vehicles to be powered by Panasonic Li-ion batteries
Japan-based leading battery maker Panasonic Energy and automotive manufacturer Mazda have agreed to enter into discussions to establish medium to long-term partnership
or supplying of automotive cylindrical Lithium-ion Batteries to meet demand for battery electric vehicles and automotive batteries in a fast-growing and rapidly expanding EV market.
The talks are aimed at Panasonic
Energy supplying Mazda with automotive cylindrical lithium-ion batteries manufactured at Panasonic Energy’s plants in Japan and North America, and Mazda installing batteries procured
from Panasonic Energy in batter EVs scheduled to be launched in the latter half of this
decad post 2025.
Kazuo Tadanobu, President, CEO of Panasonic Energy, stated, “As the automotive industry rapidly
advances electrification and is leading in this technology, collaboration with Mazda will be a major
step toward the achievement of our mission of realizing a society in which the pursuit of happiness
and a sustainable environment are harmonized. With our superior technology and extensive
experience, we will drive growth of the lithium-ion battery industry and further accelerate our efforts
to achieve zero emissions"
Masahiro Moro, Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer of Mazda, said, “As part of our
electrification initiatives, Mazda is working with its partners in three phases to flexibly respond to changes in regulatory trends, consumer needs, and other areas. We are delighted to collaborate
with Panasonic Energy, which has been a pioneer in automotive lithium-ion batteries, developing
high-quality products. We will keep contributing to curbing global warming through various
initiatives including our electrification strategy".
Mazda had already
installed Panasonic batteries in its Demio EV, which the company had released in Japan in year 2012.
Demio EV features driving range of 200 km in single charge. The lithium ion batteries in the car hold a total energy of 20 KWh.