North America, 2 April 2013
Panasonic Corporation today announced that it will supply nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery systems for Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.'s first-ever hybrid electric vehicle (HEV). The Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid designed for sale in the U.S. will be unveiled at the 2013 New York International Auto Show (Press Days: March 27 and 28; Public Days: March 29 through April 7, 2013). The car will go on sale in the U.S. in autumn this year.
With a rising environmental consciousness, demand for rechargeable batteries for eco-friendly vehicles is expected to grow rapidly. Panasonic is building up its battery business to meet such demand. The company is already supplying Ni-MH battery cells and systems for hybrid electric vehicles to a growing number of automotive manufacturers around the world, as well as lithium-ion battery cells and systems for hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles.
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