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Suzuki Swift Plug-in Hybrid To Use Sanyo Batteries
In brief: Sanyo Electric and Suzuki have announced an agreement for Sanyo to supply the batteries to be used in the upcoming Swift Plug-in Hybrid.
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Make/Model: Swift PHEV
The 2.66kWh battery packs that will be used in the Suzuki Swift Plug-in Hybrid will be supplied by Sanyo. The Swift PHEV is planned for limited production as part of a Japanese government joint showcase of EV technology starting this fall.
Sanyo has been supplying nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries to Ford and Honda for several years and has been working with the Volkswagen Group for new NiMH and lithium-ion battery systems. Sanyo also makes NiMH batteries for Citroen.
Sanyo is working to position itself as a world leader in advanced, high-performance batteries.
And so ...
Most of Sanyo's experience appears to be in NiMH, but the batteries for Suzuki will be lithium-ions, so it's obvious Sanyo isn't putting all of their eggs in one battery tech basket.
Photo credits: Suzuki
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