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7/9/2010

Toshiba Drives Its Way Into EV Game

By Andy Torrez | Staff Writer | GreenTech TV

In an effort to further solidify itself in the electric vehicle industry, Toshiba will begin ramping up production of batteries for EVs.

The Tokyo-based company will accelerate production of its SCiB rechargeable lithium-ion battery sometime next year in the company’s Niigata plant. 

According to company spokesman Ken Shinjo, Toshiba has partnered with Mitsubishi Motors to produce the batteries, although Mitsubishi has not said if it would use the batteries in its own EVs. 
 
Toshiba says its SCiB batteries offer rapid recharging and have long life spans. The company states that this is do to the development a “new original anode material and a new electrolyte.”
 
According to Toshiba, the SCiB “optimizes usage of individual cells in the battery,” which the company said makes the battery more durable and offers high levels of safety.
 
Earlier this year, Honda Motor Co., announced it had selected the SCiB batter for its EV-neo, an electric motorcycle that will launch in December of 2010.
 
According to Shinjo, the Niigata plant will produce a million cells a month by March 2012.  Shinjo also said that the batteries could be used for smart grids, industrial applications, and power storage.
 
This has been a busy summer for Toshiba.  In June, the company announced it was expanding manufacturing of high-performance drive motors for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and electric vehicles.
 
Toshiba said the production of its drive motors would begin in 2012 out of its Houston, Texas plant.  The company also announced it would supply its drive motors for hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles for Ford Motor Company.

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