VW teams up with Sanyo to produce lithium-ion batteries

The German and the Japanese have teamed up in an effort to reduce gas emissions. Volkswagen and Sanyo have announced that they will collaborate to develop a lithium-ion battery to be used in Volkswagen hybrid and electric cars.

According to Nikkei financial daily, Volkswagen will use the battery in hybrid and electric cars by 2012. Audi will be the first of the Volkswagen group to use the battery when it rolls out a hybrid model next year.

The new lithium-ion battery will cut the weight of cars by 400-660 pounds, and will provide better fuel-efficiency and acceleration.

We expect a hybrid version of the Audi A1 to be the first to use the battery in 2009. Audi’s CEO Rupert Stadler said recently that Audi plans on introducing an electric car within the next 10 years.

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