Japan’s Panasonic Corporation has signed an agreement with Ford Motor Company to supply lithium-ion battery cells for its upcoming electric and electric-hybrid vehicles.
Panasonic battery’s will help power the Ford Fusion Hybrid Electric, the C-Max Hybrid Electric and the Ford Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids. This news comes just over a year after the Michigan-based auto manufacturer released details of its planned fleet of 2012 model electric vehicles.
With its recent acquisition of SANYO Electric Co., Panasonic can now claim a “long term partnership” with Ford. In addition to supplying Ni-MH battery systems for Ford’s first hybrid electric the Ford Escape Hybrid since 2004, SANYO has also provided battery systems for the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.
Panasonic says that it will continue to “accelerate the development and commercialization of high performance rechargeable batteries for green vehicles and further expand its rechargeable battery business globally, thereby contributing to reducing the carbon footprint of automotive activity worldwide.”
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