Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?



Toyota & Panasonic Joint Venture Plans To Cut Battery Costs By 50%

The joint venture between Toyota and Panasonic will soon be able of producing enough batteries for 80,000 electric cars. That’s not nearly enough.

In 2020, Toyota and Panasonic formed a joint venture called Prime Planet Energy & Solutions to manufacture advanced lithium-ion prismatic batteries. Toyota controls 51% of the joint venture and Panasonic controls 49%. Last week, PPES said in a statement it expects to lower the cost of batteries by 50% by the end of next year, according to Inside EVs.

The statement did not say how that 50% reduction in cost will be calculated. Is it 50% less than the current cost of manufacturing Panasonic batteries? 50% less than Tesla’s cost of batteries? 50% less than CATL or Samsung or SK Innovation? And how exactly will costs be lowered? The announcement from PPES glosses over those important details. The company has created a helpful YouTube video that paints a glowing picture of the future of mobility. It is chock full of pleasing graphics, easy platitudes, and empty promises.

PPES is led by Hiroaki Koda — a former executive at Toyota — who says the long term goal is reduce costs by as much as 70% by 2025. According to Bloomberg, about 60% of the prismatic lithium-ion battery cost is related to resources like lithium and cobalt, while the remaining 40% falls on development, production and investments. The joint venture is hard at work trying to improve the batteries for electric transportation. “It’s a competitive world,” Koda says. “There’s a certain price level necessary for EVs to spread. If we don’t meet that, we won’t sell.”

The original focus of Prime Planet Energy & Solutions was on making batteries for hybrids, which Toyota likes to call “self charging electric cars.” At present, it has 25% of the global battery market for hybrids. But the focus is now shifting to battery electric cars.

PPES is installing manufacturing lines for prismatic lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles at its existing domestic facilities in Himeji, Japan. Now here’s where things get interesting. The planned output of the new production line site will be enough to power 80,000 battery electric cars annually.

By contrast, Toyota intends to ramp up production of batteries at its factory in Dalian, China to supply 400,000 hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars annually. In total it will soon have enough batteries for nearly 2 million hybrid cars a year. Let’s see. 80,000 battery electrics versus two million hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Those numbers alone tell you all you need to know about Toyota’s commitment to the EV revolution.


Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Written By

Steve writes about the interface between technology and sustainability from his homes in Florida and Connecticut or anywhere else the Singularity may lead him. You can follow him on Twitter but not on any social media platforms run by evil overlords like Facebook.


You May Also Like


The Toyota bZ4X is a mostly underwhelming battery-electric SUV from Team T.


Just 10 years ago, when the groundbreaking and leading EV, the Tesla Model S came out, the electric vehicle landscape was relatively sparse. Aside...


Prices in the US for the unpronounceable Toyota bZ4X have been announced.

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.