Toyota-Panasonic joint venture to build lithium ion batteries for hybrid cars

Established in April, Prime Planet Energy is 51 percent owned by Toyota with Panasonic holding the remaining stake. The venture reflects the drive of both companies to become bigger global players in an industry vital for the development of affordable EVs.

Panasonic, one of the world’s biggest EV battery makers, faces intense competition as a battery supplier to global automakers, including Tesla. The other leading players are South Korean and Chinese makers such as Samsung SDI, LG Chem and CATL.

Toyota last month said it expects annual sales of electrified vehicles to reach 5.5 million in 2025, five years earlier than initially planned.

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