Tag: Kazuhiro Tsuga

Jan 12, 2018 - 02:13 pm

Panasonic onboard with Tesla Gigafactory in China?

The Japanese battery manufacturer says that it thinks about producing cells for Tesla in a new Gigafactory in Shanghai, China in a comparable deal that they have regarding the so-called Gigafactory 1 in Nevada. That is what “Nikkei” learnt on the sidelines of CES.

Apr 12, 2017 - 09:25 am

Kazuhiro Tsuga, Maria Krautzberger.

Kazuhiro-Tsuga“We think the existing technology can still extend the energy density of LIBs by 20% to 30%.”

Panasonic President Kazuhiro Tsuga hopes to liberate the Li-ion battery’s full potential but also warns against a trade-off between power density and safety. Solid-state may be one “possible answer,” he concludes.

Maria-Krautzberger“We’ve done the maths: if we want to hit the CO2 reduction target for traffic for 2030, we need 3 – 12% of the fleet to be electric by 2020, 30 – 32% by 2025, and 60 – 70% by 2030.”

In German you would call a schedule such as the one drawn up by Maria Krautzberger, head of Germany’s Federal Environment Agency UBA, “sportlich” (sporty or ambitious). To make it, she calls for EV quotas as well as e-bike incentives in Germany.
transportenvironment.org, zeit.de (original interview in German)

Nov 1, 2016 - 08:38 am

Koji Toyoshima, Henrik Fisker, Kazuhiro Tsuga.

Kouji-Toyoshima“Developing lithium-ion batteries for both hybrids and plug-ins will enable us to also produce all-electric cars in the future. It makes sense to have a range of batteries to suit different powertrains.”

Koji Toyoshima, chief engineer for the Prius, explains why Toyota switched to Li-ion batteries – with one reason being the possibility of an all-electric Toyota.

henrik-fisker“It will have, for sure, the world’s longest range. We have a good chance of passing 400 miles [on a single charge]. Plus we can charge it much faster and it has a longer life.”

Henrik Fisker is back and has big plans as he presented Fisker Inc. that projects superiority on all levels.

Kazuhiro-Tsuga“We are seeing strong demand for EV batteries not just from Tesla but various other automakers. We see the rechargeable battery business as the biggest growth driver. So we are aggressively making upfront and strategic investment here.”

Panasonic’s strategy is set, says CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga, with the Gigafactory being just one such investment in the future electric car era.


Oct 10, 2014 - 08:55 am

Sergio Marchionne, Anand Mahindra, Kazuhiro Tsuga.

Sergio-Marchionne“I keep on running into this fundamental economic obstacle of overcoming the cost equation of electrification. You can’t. You can’t unless there is a wholesale change and a fundamental shift in the pricing structure of cars.”

Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, who will soon hand over the reigns, remains an EV sceptic. He has however, driven the electrification of some of the models and has just pushed the launch of the hybrid Chrysler mini-van forward a year.

Anand-Mahindra“We think that plug in electrics have a very important role in the new eco system. If we just add that little touch of excitement which all vehicles purchases need to have, that emotion, that missing ingredient, I think we could be on the threshold of a real boom in electric cars.”

Anand Mahindra, Chairman and MD of the company of the same name, believes that all that is holding back EVs is the “perception that electric cars are only for the greens of the world.” This image however is changing with the Formula E and Tesla.

Kazuhiro-Tsuga“Our policy is to avoid a situation where Tesla wants to make more cars but doesn’t have enough batteries.”

Panasonic Chief Executive Kazuhiro Tsuga on the substantial investment in Tesla’s Gigafactory of which Panasonic is one of the main partners.

Mar 31, 2014 - 08:23 am

Kazuhiro Tsuga, Elon Musk.

“Our approach is to make investments step by step. Elon plans to produce more affordable models besides Model S, and I understand his thinking and would like to cooperate as much as we can. But the investment risk is definitely larger.” Panasonic president, Kazuhiro Tsuga, has carefully slowed down speculations on his company’s investment in […]

Found on electrive.com
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