Sanyo announced that it declared on January 5 that it has shipped 150 million eneloop batteries as of the end of December 2010 to over 60 countries worldwide.
The 'eneloop' battery combines the benefits of dry cell batteries by coming pre-charged with the economic and environmental benefits of rechargeable batteries. Staying true to its eco-benefits, its parts may also be recycled at the end of their life cycle. According to a survey, eneloop enjoys over 90 per cent satisfaction rating among its users. Numerous companies now bundle "eneloop" batteries with their products, helping boost the sales growth of these batteries year after year in more than 60 countries worldwide.
In November 14 2009, SANYO launched a new version of eneloop batteries in Japan which are rechargeable up to approximately 1,500 times. This is made possible by improvements in the materials, manufacturing method and structure of the battery. Furthermore, in June 2010, eneloop also released in Japan the "eneloop lite" battery, an industry-leading rechargeable battery which can be charged up to approximately 2,000 times.
In accordance with the Green Power Certification System, SANYO pre-charges its batteries at the factory with clean energy generated by solar panels. This is part of SANYO's initiative to realise the "Clean Energy Loop" concept, where power is generated from renewable energy source, stored for use when needed, and conserved and used efficiently. The "eneloop" truly embodies the concepts of "energy" and "looping," from production to performance.
SANYO will continue to expand the "eneloop" series worldwide so that people can comfortably adopt a new "lifestyle that values reusing and recycling" contrary to the popular "use and throw away" lifestyle.