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Sep 24, 2012

Panasonic to Supply Lithium-ion Batteries for Toyota Motor's eQ Electric Vehicle

Panasonic now supplies lithium-ion batteries for Toyota's new all-electric vehicle in addition to hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.

Osaka, Japan - Panasonic Corporation today announced that it will supply lithium-ion batteries for Toyota Motor Corporation's eQ electric car.

With growing environmental concerns and escalating oil prices, 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 nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries for hybrid electric vehicles to a growing number of automotive manufactuers around the world, as well as lithium-ion batteries for hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles.

Panasonic has already supplied lithium-ion batteries to Toyota's Prius Plug-in Hybrid and Prius α hybrid. The supply agreement with Toyota now expands to an all-electric vehicle model as well as hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.

Panasonic continues to accelerate the development and commercialization of high performance rechargeable batteries for green vehicles and further expand its rechargeable battery business globally, thereby contributing to reducing the carbon footprint of automotive activity worldwide.

An announcement on the eQ was made today by Toyota.

Toyota eQ Panasonic lithium-ion battery for
electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles (left)
and hybrid vehicles (right)

About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products in three business fields, consumer, components & devices, and solutions. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 7.85 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2012. Panasonic's stock is listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE:PC) Stock Exchanges. The company has the vision of becoming the No. 1 Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry by the 100th year of its founding in 2018. For more information on Panasonic, its brand and commitment to sustainability, visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net/.

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