Tokyo, Japan – Toshiba will supply automotive inverters for Ford’s hybrid (HEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles, which are planned for mass production starting in 2012.

Toshiba will support Ford with a new production line at its plant in Mie Prefecture, Japan, which will have a production capacity of 150,000 inverters a year with supplies to start in April 2012.

The electronics company already has a contract with Ford, signed in June 2010, under which it will supply high-performance drive motors for HEVs and PHEVs from its facility in Houston, Texas beginning in 2012. The inverters and motors will be supplied to Ford as a set.

Toshiba is targeting net sales of ¥800 billion by fiscal year 2015 from its power electronics business, including motors, inverters and rechargeable batteries.

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