Nissan Ordering Hitachi Batteries for 2013 LEAF Electric Car

Nissan intends to obtain batteries at lower prices from Hitachi, similar to how it pressured steel producers to cut their prices.

Published: 28-Aug-2012

Nissan Motor Co. will adopt lithium-ion batteries produced by Hitachi, Ltd., a non-affiliated company, for its eco-friendly model to be marketed in the United States for 2013, Nissan officials have said.

Although Nissan has already established a lithium-ion battery company jointly with NEC Group, it intends to obtain batteries at lower prices from Hitachi, the officials said.

If the move by Nissan is successful, pressure on battery manufacturers to cut prices is expected to intensify, industry sources said.


Fraunhofer Institute battery case designed to be light and strong.

Fraunhofer Institute prototype battery case made of new fiber-reinforced composite materials that can be mass produced.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV is powered by Lithium Energy Japan-manufactured batteries.

Addition of new plant and increased capacity of existing plants will produce enough batteries for 120,000 vehicles annually.

Seat IBx plug-in hybrid SUV concept.

Batteries will be built in collaboration with Ficosa for Seat and Volkswagen plants in the Iberian Peninsula.


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