Panasonic Energy will build a facility for research and development of batteries for EVs = electric vehicles in Kadoma City, Osaka, and President Issei Tadanobu has announced his intention to diversify battery materials based on this facility.

Panasonic Holdings has positioned the battery business for EVs, which is handled by its subsidiary Panasonic Energy, as an area of focus investment.

The company has decided to build a base for research and development of batteries mainly for EVs in Kadoma City, Osaka, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held on the 28th.

The facility is expected to be completed next year and will employ approximately 700 people.

The company expects to become the largest research base for EV batteries and storage batteries in Japan, and in addition to considering making batteries for EVs such as the latest "4680" with materials different from conventional materials, it will also work on the development of next-generation batteries in the future.

After the groundbreaking ceremony, President Tadanobu gave an interview to NHK, saying, "As the social significance of batteries increases due to the increase in EVs and other factors, we want to create batteries that can be used with the most peace of mind and perform in the world.