TOYOTA, PANASONIC JOINT VENTURE TO SET UP EV BATTERY IN 2020.
Published Date | 2019 January 21
Toyota and Panasonic plan to set up a JV to make electric vehicle batteries which also provide batteries to Toyota's EV technology partners Mazda Corp and Subaru Corp which will drive electric battery market in India.India: Toyota Motor Corp and Panasonic Corp are set to launch a joint venture next year to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EV). The joint venture, to be owned 51 percent by Toyota and the rest by Panasonic, could also provide batteries to Toyota's EV technology partners Mazda Corp and Subaru Corp. Under a planned joint venture, Panasonic would shift most of its prismatic battery-related equipment and facilities in Japan and China to the joint venture, while those producing batteries for U.S. EV maker Tesla Inc will remain under the company. The battery joint venture will help Toyota achieve an annual sales target of around 1 million zero-emission battery EVs and fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs) in 2030. It will also give Panasonic cost and scale advantages in battery production at a time when China's Contemporary Amperex Technology has grown to be on par with the long-time industry leader on the back of the rapidly growing home market. According to BlueWeave Consulting, Increasing global concerns regarding the negative effect of climate change along with alarming pollution levels have created a significant demand for electric vehicles. The market growth is majorly driven by government incentives and environmental policies, and declining battery prices. In order to address the issue of degrading air quality, the Indian government launched the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid & Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme in 2015. Policy support is among the major factors driving the electric vehicle battery market, as policies have been lowering the barriers for electric vehicles adaptation. According to the recently published report by BlueWeave Consulting on “Global Electric Vehicle Battery Market, by Battery Type (Lithium-ion Battery, Lead Acid Battery, Nickel Metal Hydride Battery, and Others), by Vehicle Technology (BEV, PHEV and HEV), by Vehicle Type (Passenger Car, Commercial Car and Two Wheeler), by Region (North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa); Size and Forecast, 2014-2025”, Global Electric Vehicle Battery market is expected to grow with a CAGR over 19% during the forecast period 2018-2025, owing to increasing demand for environment-friendly vehicles. Diseases caused by air and water pollution are epidemic among minorities. Environmental pollution causes more than three times death than malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDs, countries such as India and China records the maximum death caused by environmental pollution. Pollution causes 7% of the medical expenses among middle-income group people across the world. According to World Bank air pollution cost in India was approximately 8% of its GDP or USD 560 billion in 2013. Hence, raising public awareness of air quality and the burden of disease caused by air pollution is an essential step in reducing air pollution and improving public health which is accelerating market demand for electric vehicles battery market. According to the recently published report by BlueWeave Consulting on “India Lithium-ion Battery Market, By Type (Lithium Cobalt Oxide, Lithium Manganese Oxide, Lithium Iron Phosphate and Others), By Components (Cathode, Anode, Electrolytic Solution, Others) By Application (Consumer Electronics, Industrial and Automotive), by Region; Size and Forecast, 2014-2025”, India Lithium-ion Battery market is expected to grow with a CAGR over 23% during the forecast period 2018-2025. Increasing pollution concerns, rising adoption of electric vehicles, increasing income-levels and surging demand for quality and uninterrupted power are some of the key factors driving the growth of Lithium-ion batteries market in India. Moreover, increasing awareness towards portable and stationary energy storage coupled with government’s push towards solar and wind projects are expected to contribute to the growth of the lithium-ion battery market over the projected period.