Toyota Motor Corp. and Panasonic Corp. said in a joint statement on Tuesday that they are setting up a joint venture to research, manufacture and sell batteries for ecological autos, an increasingly lucrative sector amid concerns about global warming.  (AP)
Toyota Motor Corp. and Panasonic Corp. said in a joint statement on Tuesday that they are setting up a joint venture to research, manufacture and sell batteries for ecological autos, an increasingly lucrative sector amid concerns about global warming. (AP)

Toyota, Panasonic announce electric car battery tie-up

  • The firm will be set up by 2020 and controlled 51-49% by Toyota
  • Akio Toyoda had previously said he wanted half of Toyota's global sales to come from electric-powered vehicles by 2030

Tokyo: Toyota announced on Tuesday it was creating a joint venture with Panasonic to develop batteries for electric cars, as the Japanese auto giant ramps up its ambitions for electric-powered vehicles.

The firm will be set up by 2020 and controlled 51-49% by Toyota, the Prius manufacturer said in a statement.

"Toyota and Panasonic are confident that the contracts concluded today will further strengthen and accelerate their actions toward achieving competitive batteries," the statement added.

Toyota boss Akio Toyoda has previously said he wants half of the firm's global sales to come from electric-powered vehicles by 2030, up from around 15% now.

"The key to electrifying vehicles in the future will be batteries. In order for Japan to survive this era of profound change with no natural resources, we must develop competitive batteries and establish systems for a stable supply," Toyoda said.

Panasonic is seen as a specialist in the battery sector and has already partnered up with electric vehicle innovator Tesla to operate a huge "gigafactory" in the United States.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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