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by Narasimhan Santhanam

Panasonic’s Plans for E-Mobility – EV Next

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Introduction

Panasonic became the latest company to join an expanding list of global companies looking to gain early market share in the ready-to-boom Indian electric mobility market with the launch of its Nymbus Charging stations.

Company Profile

Panasonic Automotive has decades of electrified-vehicle experience, from the development of battery cells to mass production of technologies for global manufacturers. In addition to supplying battery cells for hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and full-electric vehicle lines, the company also designs, engineers, and manufactures complete battery systems with the objective of optimizing safety and performance.

Product Profile

The company described Nymbus as a ‘futuristic charging service’ that includes charging stations, swap stations, on-board charging, telematics systems, as well as ‘virtual components like cloud service, analytics, intuitive dashboard, and artificial intelligence to deliver a one-stop solution‘.

Future Plans

  • Panasonic has announced its first steps in the electric vehicle (EV) industry in India, with the launch of Nymbus, its new EV-charging service in May 2019.
  • Panasonic said it will deploy Nymbus on 150 SmartE’s electric three-wheelers and on 25 qQuick scooters within the Delhi NCR region at the launch.
  • The company also reportedly plans to expand the system to Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai and Amaravati over the next three years, and an additional 25 Indian Cities by 2025, with a target of 1 million vehicles envisioned by that date.
  • Panasonic Corporation of Japan is exploring opportunities to establish lithium-ion (lithium-ion) battery pack facilities in India. Panasonic will initially assemble batteries for two and three-wheelers because the Union Government wants to drive the electrification of these two areas.

Partnerships

The Japanese electronics giant has reportedly partnered with EV three wheeler manufacturing company SmartE and electric scooter sharing service qQuick, for the first phase of its service offering in May 2019.

R&D

The Nymbus charging station was developed by Panasonic R&D in India. The company collaborated with BSES Yamuna Power Limited to set up an electric vehicle charging station at their New Delhi head office. This pilot facility was aimed at studying the charging behavior and pattern, real-time charging data, app-based control, and automated payment mechanism.

Other Strategic Perspectives

Atul Arya, head of the Energy Systems division at Panasonic India said, “In the (EV) ecosystem, we saw that three and two-wheeler mobility will be the biggest players in India.” in an interview in May 2019.

Global Work

  • Electronics giant Panasonic and carmaker Toyota launched the Prime Planet Energy & Solutions Inc joint venture (JV) in February 2020 which was announced 13 months ago. The JV will manufacture electric vehicle (EV) batteries based on a smaller prismatic format than cylindrical alternatives.
  • Panasonic was also manufacturing Li-ion batteries for EVs in collaboration with Tesla. But with Tesla looking for other manufacturers for its uses in different regions, the JV has been limited. 

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