Posts Tagged: Panasonic

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 »

Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Panasonic partner to develop solid-state batteries

Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has launched a public-private project to develop solid-state battery technology. Some 23 companies, including Panasonic, Toyota, Nissan and Honda, are involved. The group has set 2022 as the target date to develop core solid-state technologies, and ultimately aims to lower battery pack cost to $90 per… Read more »

Toyota and Panasonic explore joint prismatic battery development

Toyota and Panasonic have agreed to begin studying the feasibility of a joint automotive prismatic battery business. Panasonic has positioned lithium-ion batteries as one of its key businesses, and its automotive batteries are used by many automakers worldwide. Toyota, maker of the Prius hybrid and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, has been a holdout when… Read more »

Panasonic expects to turn a profit on Model 3 battery cells by next year

Panasonic’s new 2170 Li-ion battery cells, which it manufactures at Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Nevada, are a key component of the new Model 3. The Japanese manufacturer says it is now supplying the batteries at a loss, but expects to turn a profit next year. “For battery cells for the Model 3, costs outweighed profit… Read more »

Panasonic shifts focus to automotive tech

The coming restructuring of the auto industry will yield winners and losers. New opportunities will open up for battery-makers and copper producers, but the hottest sector of all may be “auto tech,” which includes not only powertrain electronics such as motor controllers, inverters and chargers, but also self-driving hardware and software, and customer-facing components such… Read more »

Is Panasonic’s new head-up display a preview of Tesla’s Model 3?

Tesla has redefined many aspects of automobiles, and the user interface is one obvious example. The large touchscreen in current Teslas is the most advanced UI on the roads, and many are wondering if the company will take things a step further with Model 3. We already know that Model 3 has no traditional instrument… Read more »

Panasonic expects to double sales of EV batteries in three years

The unprecedented demand for the upcoming Model 3 presents major opportunities not only for Tesla, but for its partners. Panasonic, which will be the exclusive supplier of batteries for Model 3, expects its annual sales of automotive batteries to more than double in three years. Kenji Tamura, the head of Panasonic’s automotive and industrial systems… Read more »

Panasonic’s new capacitors enable smaller ECUs 

Panasonic’s new conductive polymer hybrid aluminum electrolytic capacitors are designed to deliver large capacitance and large current in a compact SMD form factor. The new caps are well-suited for automotive Electronic Control Units (ECUs). According to Panasonic, its new product enables ECUs to be downsized, with instantaneous large current supply into the power supply circuits,… Read more »