Panasonic Nickel Metal Hydride Battery Systems for Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
Panasonic today announced that it will supply nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery systems for Fuji Heavy Industries first-ever hybrid electric vehicle (HEV). The Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid designed for sale in the U.S. will be unveiled at the 2013 New York International Auto Show .The car will go on sale in the U.S. in autumn this year. Panasonic is already supplying Ni-MH battery cells and systems for hybrid electric vehicles to a growing number of automotive manufactures around the world, as well as lithium-ion battery cells and systems for hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles.
Panasonic’s Ni-MH battery cells are durable and able to maintain a high charging/discharging capacity over an extended period of time, thanks to the company’s unique battery manufacturing technologies, including polar plate sintering technology. With a rising environmental consciousness, demand for rechargeable batteries for eco-friendly vehicles is expected to grow rapidly. Panasonic is building up its battery business to meet such demand.