(May 2004) Hitachi and Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Company consider joint venture to market, develop and manufacture Lithium-ion batteries for HEVs (Hybrid Electric Vehicles). The two companies formed the world’s first group to mass produce a Lithium-ion battery for electric scooters.
(April 2004) Matsushita Battery Industrial Co. will make Lithium-ion batteries in China. The plant in Wuxi, southeastern China will be able to produce 3 million batteries per month; these batteries will be used in mobile phones. Matsushita Battery’s total monthly output, including those made in China, will be 38 million units.
(Sept. 2003) Ener1 receives order for batteries from Nissan Motor Company. Nissan is interested in Ener1’s new electrodes which are based on a new lithium battery concept that involves a nano-structure process. Based on this technology, batteries increase their discharge rates by up to 25 times and have increased cycle life, also. Smaller size and weight are other positive features of the new batteries.