Published on February 22nd, 2016 | by James Ayre


Panasonic To Build EV Batteries In China With Dalian Levear Electric Company

February 22nd, 2016 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

A new joint venture between Panasonic Corporation and Dalian Levear Electric Company has been created with the intent to manufacture lithium-ion electric vehicle batteries in China, according to recent reports.

Panasonic logoThe new joint venture will make use of Panasonic’s technical know-how and Dalian Levear Electric Company’s local knowledge — with the intent being to begin production sometime in 2017, following on the acquisition of support from local authorities.

Considering that Panasonic is still investing heavily into the “Tesla” lithium-ion battery Gigafactory in Nevada, and a number of other similar moves, it seems apparent that the company is betting big on lithium-ion batteries — with the stated aim being for ¥2.1 trillion (~US$18 billion) in sales in the automotive sector in 2019. This figure includes technologies other than just lithium-ion batteries, it should be noted.

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  • Riely Rumfort

    I don’t care for Chinese production, their grid is too inefficient.
    Chinese assembly, sure, but a EV/Solar revolution off a <60% efficient Grid.
    It could be 30% cheaper, I will not bite..

    • JamesWimberley

      If you are right about the Chinese grid, it is paradoxically good news. For the HVDC lines and other upgrades under way, plus the new policy guaranteeing green despatch priority, will improve effective renewable output, and further cut coal burning, quite a lot without any increase in generating capacity. It is not usually a sound assumption that the men running China are incompetent.

      • Otis11

        No, definitely not incompetent. They’re simply growing so fast that it’s like trying to use a hose a dog chewed up. Water still comes out the end, and the more holes you manage to plug, the more water makes it to the end… but there’s an awful lot of holes to plug…

        Now start adding more hoses onto the end (about 50% faster than you can patch the current hose network) to take that delivered water and move it even further and you start to get the idea…

        At least that’s how I picture it…

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