Hitachi Automotive Systems says its lithium-ion battery module is being used in the new Suzuki Solio and Solio Bandit hybrid specification cars launched last month.

The module comprises a 100 volt lithium-ion battery power pack and an inverter. The lithium-ion battery module is manufactured by Hitachi Group company, Hitachi Vehicle Energy.

The module comprises a battery cell and a voltage detection board for the cell, housed in a single case.

By using a resin case, the weight of the module has been reduced by 35% compared to the company's previous battery modules, with 37% less height.

In 1999 Hitachi Automotive Systems launched its automotive lithium-ion battery business and since then has delivered more than 10m battery cells for a range of hybrid vehicles which includes buses and trucks as well as passenger cars (as end September, 2016).

Data from just-auto's QUBE service notes Hitachi Automotive Systems, together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, sells and services automotive and transportation related components, industrial machines and systems in Japan. 

While the consolidated Hitachi group reported FY15 revenues of JPY10,034.3bn the automotive systems business achieved sales of JPY1,001.1bn (10% of group sales and 7% ahead of FY14).

Automotive systems achieved an operating margin of 6.2% as operating income increased by JPY14.4bn to JPY61.9bn.