Japan’s Automotive Energy Supply Corp. has begun full operation and expects to begin mass production of advanced lithium-ion batteries by 2009. Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and NEC Corp., along with its subsidiary NEC Tokin Corp., say their joint venture, announced in April last year, will focus on the development and mass production of advanced Li-ion batteries for a wide range of automotive applications, from hybrids to electric and fuel-cell vehicles. With an initial start-up capital of ¥1.5 ...

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