Today, Panasonic Energy Co., Ltd. and Mazda Motor Corporation announced that the two parties will establish a medium- and long-term partnership and discuss this to cope with the rapid development of the current electric vehicle and automotive battery industry.
Panasonic Energy Corporation President and CEO Kazuo Tadanobu said: “As the electrification of the automotive industry begins to accelerate, the partnership with Mazda will be an important step in our mission to realize a society that pursues happiness and a sustainable environment. We will drive the growth of the lithium-ion battery industry and further accelerate our efforts to achieve zero emissions.”
▲ The picture shows the cylindrical lithium-ion battery for vehicles produced by Panasonic Energy
Masahiro Moro, Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer of Mazda, said: “We are pleased to partner with Panasonic Energy Corporation, which has been a pioneer in lithium-ion batteries for vehicles. We will continue to contribute to curbing global warming through various initiatives and electrification strategies. It is also part of our initiative.”
It is noticed that Panasonic Energy will provide Mazda with cylindrical automotive lithium-ion batteries produced in factories in Japan and North America. These batteries will be used in new models launched in the second half of 2020. In addition, Panasonic Group and Mazda have reached cooperation before, and Mazda used Panasonic batteries in its own Demio electric vehicle in 2012.
▲ The picture shows the Demio EV model launched by Mazda in 2012