KEL in talks with Toshiba for making Li-ion batteries

KEL in talks with Toshiba for making Li-ion batteries

September 4, 2019
Marcia González

A Toshiba team from Japan has visited the Mamala unit of Kerala Electrical & Allied Engineering to explore fast-charging Li-ion batteries
Kerala Electrical & Allied Engineering Co Limited (KEL) is reportedly in discussions with Toshiba to manufacture fast-charging lithium ion (li-ion) batteries for electrical vehicles. According to whispers, the Toshiba team from Japan visited the Mamala unit of KEL in recent weeks.

“We are keen to collaborate with Toshiba to assemble li-ion batteries of different capacities for various types of electric vehicles, boats, etc,” said Shaji Varghese, MD of KEL. “We have shown our facility to the team and have also shown the vacant land available at the unit which is suitable for establishing electric battery assembling unit to the delegation.”

“Toshiba officials explained the specialities of their battery technology and pointed out that their batteries can be charged within 10 minutes, compared to four to five hours taken by conventional Li-ion batteries. On conclusion of the discussions, both the teams expressed hope in joining hands for establishing a battery assembling Unit at KEL. Discussions on further course of actions and business model to be adopted will follow at the government level.” he added.

The five-member team from Toshiba headed by Yoshiki Ishizuka, head of battery division and Tomohiko Okada, MD, Toshiba India Pvt. Ltd, had detailed discussion with KEL team headed by chairman Varkala B Ravikumar and Shaji Varghese on various possibilities of business association between the two companies.

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