Panasonic Energy and Mazda Motor Corporation have agreed to enter into discussions on establishing a medium- to long-term partnership to meet demand for battery EVs and automotive batteries in a rapidly expanding market.
Panasonic Energy and Mazda will commence concrete discussions with a view toward Panasonic Energy supplying Mazda with automotive cylindrical lithium-ion batteries manufactured at Panasonic Energy’s plants in Japan and North America.
Mazda, meanwhile, will, as part of the arrangement, look to install batteries procured from Panasonic Energy in battery EVs scheduled to be launched in the latter half of the decade.
“As the automotive industry rapidly advances electrification and is leading in this technology, collaboration with Mazda will be a major step toward the achievement of our mission of realising a society in which the pursuit of happiness and a sustainable environment are harmonised,” said Kazuo Tadanobu, President, CEO of Panasonic Energy.
“With our superior technology and extensive experience, we will drive growth of the lithium-ion battery industry and further accelerate our efforts to achieve zero emissions.”
As part of its electrification initiatives, Mazda is working with its partners in three phases to flexibly respond to changes in regulatory trends, consumer needs, and other areas.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Panasonic Energy, which has been a pioneer in automotive lithium-ion batteries, developing high-quality products. We will keep contributing to curbing global warming through various initiatives including our electrification strategy,” said Masahiro Moro, Mazda Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer.
The Panasonic Group and Mazda have built a relationship over many years.
In 2012 Mazda installed Panasonic batteries in its Demio EV, which the company had leased in Japan.