Sanyo To Supply NiMH Batteries to Peugeot

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The Nikkei is reporting that Sanyo Electric Co. has signed an agreement with PSA Peugeot Citroen to supply nickel-metal hydride batteries for diesel-electric hybrids. Peugeot wants to be the first car maker to put diesel-electric powertrains into production vehicles. The French auto company will use the batteries in the 2011 Peugeot 3008 SUV and the Citroen DS5 luxury car.

Both of the upcoming vehicles will use diesel engines to power the front wheels and electric motors to move the rear wheels. This is the fifth partnership of its kind for Sanyo, which already supplies nickel-metal hydride batteries to Honda and Ford and has agreements to provide lithium-ion batteries to Toyota and Volkswagen.

Sources: Nikkei via Green Car Congress, Reuters

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Comments (6)
  1. I am very impressed with the moves the French automakers are making. NiMH is currently available and a known quantity, but they will eventually move to some other battery tech in 2 - 5 years.

  2. Aren't Nimh batteries weaker than Lithium ions?

  3. NiMH's have a lower volumetric energy density than Li Ion, and given their greater weight density, have an even lower energy density by weight. I thought their was a power density advantage to NiMH, but the link on wiki has Li Ion about the same or better.

  4. I wish that somebody would sell NiMH batteries to the general public now that Chevron does not own the patent. Lots of do-it-your-self mechanics could build their own electric cars. For most people these batteries give adequate range, based on experience with the EV1 and Toyota RAV4 Electric, and are reliable and very durable.

  5. To #2. It was useful for the auto companies and oil companies to disparage the NiMH battery, see "Who killed the electric car". The NiMh battery has been tested over billions of miles, every hyrbid vehicle uses them, they are reliable, durable, and long lasting. People who had the privilege of driving the EV1 or Toyota Rav4 Electric loved them. Most people do not need a car with a range that exceeds their capability. Up to now, the lithium-ion battery which looks better on paper, has no record of safety, reliability, or durability.

  6. NiMH also costs about 1/3rd as much as Lithium Ion and easily last 15 years without breaking a sweat, whereas the Lithium Ion batteries I've used in my laptops last about 2-3 years before they're down to less than half their original capacity. That's fine for an electronic device that lets you replace the battery for $60 by yourself in 10 seconds, but a $15,000 25kWh battery for an EV that takes specialized equipment to replace needs to last the life of a vehicle.

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