Sanyo, VW to Develop Hybrid Battery Systems
TOKYO, Japan --- Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. and German automaker Volkswagen AG have agreed to codevelop next-generation nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery systems for hybrid-electric vehicles. Sanyo has already provided hybrid-electric vehicle batteries for Ford’s Escape Hybrid and Honda’s Accord Hybrid on the North American market. Sanyo's next-generation Ni-MH battery systems for hybrids are now under development. They will apply advanced battery system technologies to improve output power and durability, the company said.