Japan-based lead-acid company GS Yuasa is expanding its push into the lithium battery business by building a EUR3.5 million ($4.2m) manufacturing plant in Hungary.
Hungary’s government is backing the project in the city of Miskolcz, in northeastern Hungary, with a non-repayable grant worth around $1.8m. Construction work is set to start next month.
The new head of European operations for Japan-based GS Yuasa has told BBB the battery maker is looking at opportunities to expand the role of lead-acid in the energy storage business.
Andrew Taylor (pictured), who has been promoted to MD and CEO of GS Yuasa Battery Europe, said: “We are looking at some of the applications for energy storage, especially for new lead-acid technology that we believe can play a part. We’re already seeing some of the benefits of this with new products coming out of Japan.”
Japan's GS Yuasa, a major lead-acid battery maker, could start mass production of lithium-ion batteries that would double the driving range of small electric vehicles (EVs) by 2020, according to a report.
Japanese business journal Nikkei Asian Review said the batteries would allow a Mitsubishi Motors' i-MiEV small vehicle to travel up to 340km after charging – compared to around 170km at present. This would compare favourably with the driving range of a large EV or a petrol-fuelled vehicle, the journal claimed.
Japanese battery maker GS Yuasa has added a new AGM (absorbed glass mat) battery to its portfolio of motorbike batteries.
The YTZ8V battery, which contains no liquid acid and can therefore be shipped from the factory ready to fit, will replace those used in the Yamaha sports bike YZF-R3 and the Honda PCX150 scooter.
Electrolyte is absorbed in the battery’s plates and separators, so there are no leaks on vehicle parts or accessories.
The YTZ8V provides a significant increase in power despite its small, lightweight size, delivering 120 Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) despite measuring just 113mm x 70mm x 130mm and weighing 2.7 kilograms.
The AGM technology used in the YTZ8V is an advanced battery design that eliminates water loss, says the firm, and because of its lead-calcium design, will hold its specific gravity more than three times longer than conventional lead antimony types.
This means much longer periods between charges when the battery is used less frequently, such as winter storage.
GS Yuasa made a series of investments in its motorcycle battery output last year, boosting its lead-acid battery production capacity by 2.3 million units in Indonesia to meet demand from the Asian—particularly Chinese— market.
The increase in production was more than three times its increase in automotive battery production. More here:
Japanese battery manufacturer GS Yuasa has designed a bespoke lead-acid battery to supply accessory power for the new Toyota Prius.
The 12V LN1 lead-acid battery has been modified from the European cold cranking ampere 1 EN standard to work in Japan’s climate. The LN1 also complies with JIS, the Japanese specification of the EN standard lead-acid batteries.
Japan’s GS Yuasa International has bought 50% of the outstanding shares in a Turkish lead-acid battery manufacturer.
The Asian battery manufacturer will turn Inci Aku Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi (inci) into one of its ‘key centers’ in its global strategy as it looks to expand during its third mid-term business plan.