Hitachi To Construct U.S. Factory For Electric Car Battery Materials


Hitachi Chemical

Hitachi Chemical

Hitachi Chemical, which  has been producing materials for li-ion batteries in Japan and China, intends to build in the US a new plant by fiscal 2018, spending about 10 billion yen ($83 million).

The Japanese company is already supplying anode materials for batteries in the Nissan LEAF, and hopes to maybe join Panasonic/Tesla Gigafactory.

“The Japanese company is still working out the precise location. Amid tightening emissions regulations in the state of California, it expects demand to grow for anode materials for automotive lithium-ion batteries.

Hitachi Chemical enjoys the top global market share of about 30% by value and now makes the materials in Japan and China. The American plant will double or triple its output capacity.”

According to the Nikkei, other manufacturers in Japan, like Showa Denko, are investing a lot to double or triple capacity in next year or two.

Source: Nikkei

Category: General


8 responses to "Hitachi To Construct U.S. Factory For Electric Car Battery Materials"
  1. Jeff Songster says:

    Sounds like they are ramping to be ready for LEAF 2. 200 miles here we come.

  2. Anon says:

    The more, the merrier…

  3. Mason says:

    200 miles dream on. Real world miles will probably be close to 100 miles.

    1. przemo_li says:

      With second gen EVs I expect everybody to put batteries in the floors, with prices falling 7% each year, doubling range would not be so far off even without new chemistry!

      Sell it as premium trim.

      Job finished.

      Or improve chemistry, and ofer it for every trim but lowes one.

      Also range is announced in numbers. Simple numbers. Bigger is better, numbers.

      Just perfoect thing to differentiation and outdo competition.

      Car OEMs will wont to have best numbers, at least in more expensive segments of market.

  4. sven says:

    Although LG Chem supplies the battery for the Volt, Hitachi will supply the battery for the Mailibu Hybrid. Hitachi might have a better chemistry for the demands of a hybrid battery than LG Chem.

  5. Lensman says:

    Competition is good. Glad to see another battery maker planning on seriously ramping up production. As the average range of mass produced EVs increases from about 80 miles or less to probably about double that (with the nominally “200 mile” EVs starting in 2017), we’re going to need a lot more kWh of batteries being made.

    But I suspect that “30% by value” claim is misleading. I’m guessing that refers only to the anode materials, not the full cost/price of the batteries. Seems like many or most battery makers want to describe their market share in an inflated manner.

  6. Mister G says:

    As long as Hitachi adheres to California’s high environmental standards and does not conceal contamination of air, water, soil..go for it.

  7. Josh says:

    Maybe a location in western Nevada would suit them