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Posts Tagged: Panasonic

Panasonic to build EV battery plant in Kansas to supply Tesla

Panasonic plans to build a new battery plant in De Soto, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. The new facility will primarily supply batteries to Tesla, but will also have a research department focused on next-generation battery tech. The company has made no official announcement of the planned production capacity or investment amount. The Kansas… Read more »

Panasonic Energy CEO talks about Tesla’s 4680 battery cells

Panasonic has been working on 4680 battery cells for Tesla for a year and a half now, and plans to begin full-scale production in Japan in 2023. Kazuo Tadanobu, CEO of Panasonic’s Energy Division, recently offered some details about the innovative cells in an interview with Bloomberg. Tadanobu stressed the difficulty of developing the new… Read more »

Panasonic to start producing 4680 battery cells for Tesla in 2023

Tesla’s new 4680 cell features a new chemistry that promises to boost efficiency and reduce costs. Now Panasonic says it is investing heavily in the development of the new cell, and plans to start mass production as early as 2023. The new cell is about twice the size of Tesla’s current 2170 cell, but has… Read more »

Panasonic: We have a competitive advantage in producing Tesla’s new 4680 battery cells

When Tesla unveiled its new 4680 battery cell at last September’s Battery Day event, it described the new cell as a “massive breakthrough” that could enable the production of a new generation of much cheaper EVs. Tesla is believed to be producing the cells on a pilot line at its Fremont plant, but is also… Read more »

LG Chem deployed more battery capacity than Panasonic in Q1 2020

In the first quarter of 2020, EV battery suppliers deployed 20.5 GWh of capacity globally, down from 26.5 GWh in the fourth quarter, and 20.9 GWh during the first quarter of 2019, according to data from Adamas Intelligence’s EV Battery Capacity and Battery Metals Tracker. After losing the top spot to LG Chem in January… Read more »

Toyota and Panasonic to launch battery company

Toyota and Panasonic will establish Prime Planet Energy & Solutions, a joint venture specializing in automotive prismatic lithium-ion batteries. Scheduled to launch on April 1, 2020, Prime Planet Energy & Solutions will employ approximately 5,100 people, and will supply batteries not only to Toyota but also to other customers. In addition to producing prismatic batteries,… Read more »

Is the honeymoon over for Tesla and Panasonic?

The relationship between Tesla and Panasonic has been a rocky one from the start. When Gigafactory 1 was in the planning stages, the Japanese giant waffled about how much it planned to invest, causing TSLA stock to gyrate. Panasonic doesn’t seem to have prospered from the partnership – the conglomerate’s battery unit is reported to… Read more »

Elon Musk: Model 3 production constrained by Panasonic battery cell capacity

After Tesla and Panasonic announced that they were freezing expansion plans for the Nevada Gigafactory, several news outlets reported that the partners had postponed expansion because of shrinking demand for Tesla’s vehicles, but to the best of our knowledge, none presented any evidence that this was the reason for the decision. Now Elon Musk says… Read more »

Tesla and Panasonic reported to be reconsidering Gigafactory expansion plans

Earlier this week, Nikkei reported that Tesla and Panasonic have suspended plans to expand the capacity of Gigafactory 1. The two companies had planned to increase capacity at the Nevada plant by about 50 percent by 2020, but financial problems have forced them to put those plans on hold, the newspaper said. Panasonic will “study… Read more »

Honda and Panasonic experiment with battery swapping for electric motorcycles

Honda and Panasonic plan to conduct an experiment with battery swapping in Indonesia, using the Honda Mobile Power Pack with electric motorcycles. The project is to begin in December. As the third-largest motorcycle market in the world, Indonesia is dealing with massive air pollution as traffic increases. To address this issue, the Indonesian government has… Read more »