Always good news to see the battery technology leaders getting orders from other companies. It is a constant reminder that things are moving in the right direction.
The gist, according to PR Inside, Hitachi Vehicle Energy, Ltd., announced they were awarded an order from U.S.-based Eaton Corporation to supply motors, inverters, lithium-ion batteries and other components for Eaton’s hybrid power systems to be delivered through 2011. Hitachi amongst other things, manufactures lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, EV and hybrid electric vehicles, HEV.Does this mean we will hear news that some major car maker has struck a deal with Eaton to supply their HEVs? Let’s see.
In the meantime, Eaton’s hybrid system will be out in markets in North America, Europe and Asia. Eaton has been producing EVs and HEVs since 2005 and was one of the early companies to deliver commercial vehicle with Hitachi hybrid components with their commercial vehicles in North America and China in the shape of delivery vans, medium-duty pickup and delivery operations, utility repair, city passenger transit and other applications. Hitachi is not resting on its laurels either. They will continue their expansion from the 690,000 unit level recorded in 2007 to 1.5 million units in 2010.
It’s interesting to see how many players are coming in from left field. Tomorrow’s auto industry landscape will be a surprising one.