Mazda and Panasonic Energy announced today that they have they have agreed to enter into discussions on establishing a medium- to long-term partnership to meet demand for battery EVs and automotive batteries in a rapidly expanding market.
Panasonic Energy and Mazda will begin concrete discussions with a view toward Panasonic Energy supplying Mazda with automotive cylindrical lithium-ion batteries manufactured at Panasonic Energy's plants in Japan and North America, and Mazda installing batteries procured from Panasonic Energy in battery EVs scheduled to be launched in the latter half of the 2020 decade.
Mazda had installed Panasonic batteries in its Demio EV, which the company had leased in Japan since 2012.
Mazda did not elaborate much about its next battery EV (BEV) model, but in its last Mid-Term Management Plan presentation made in November 2022, the company said that it will promote the full-fledged launch of battery EVs and consider investing in battery production, starting 2028.
The same presentation also showed the Mazda Vision Study concept. No technical details were presented but the car appears to be conceptualized as an electric-powered successor to the Mazda MX-5.
Currently, Mazda only has one BEV model in its product line-up - the 199 km range Mazda MX-30. Local distributor Bermaz Motor is selling it for RM 198,980.