Time to outsource
Nissan is believed to be in talks with Panasonic along with a number of Chinese tech firms as rumours that it’s pulling the plug on in-house battery development begin to circle, according to the Nikkei.
With its 51% stake in Automotive Energy Supply Corp said to be soon sold, it’s a rather unsurprising move as battery development becomes more competitive and provides more effective results week-on-week, with third-party outfits promising to offer more efficient and cheaper solutions.
Creating a buzz
Panasonic already supplies Tesla with its EV batteries, a manufacturer who has planned to ramp up its total cars sold to 500,000 by 2018, meaning it could become something of an early market leader in supplying li-ion batteries to the motor industry if it strikes up a deal on the back of this too.
Whether or not this means Nissan will be able to power vehicles such as its Leaf with more power for your buck remains to be seen. But it’s sure going to strengthen the third-party battery industry, which can’t be a bad thing.