20 Oct

tesla battery supplier panasonic

Over the last few years, Tesla started using battery cells from Samsung SDI and LG Chem for its stationary energy storage products, but Panasonic always had the exclusive contract to supply the automakers with battery cells for its electric vehicles. Tesla officially broke ground at Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai earlier this month. Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast. Elon did mention that there are going to new ones for Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai soon. Ever since Tesla’s inception, Panasonic has been the automaker’s only approved battery supplier when it comes to its electric vehicles. Tesla’s battery supplier Panasonic is considering switching 18650 battery cell production lines, which currently supply cells for Tesla’s Model S and Model X, to 2170 cell production, according to a report from Japan. Panasonic made cells in Japan and exported them to California for Tesla’s Model S and Model X programs, while the two companies partnered to make the cells for Model 3 at Gigfactory 1 in Nevada. Fred is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at Electrek.
The bigger cell design enables higher energy density and Tesla’s battery packs made of 2170 cells are able of a higher charge rate. The relation has been mutually beneficial as Tesla became the largest consumer of battery cells in the world and Panasonic a premier supplier in the automotive industry.

But as any good supply chain manager would tell you, it’s never a good idea to rely on a single supplier. The report states that the move would be done by the end of the fiscal year. What do you think? Through Zalkon.com, you can check out Fred’s portfolio and get monthly green stock investment ideas. We have not signed any agreement of any kind with them.”, Electric Vehicle Price Guide – best prices for dealers in the US, Tesla to approve first new battery supplier for vehicles since Panasonic, report says, Tesla officially broke ground at Gigafactory 3. Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast. It’s the same format of cells found in laptops and some other electronic devices. Recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that Tesla Gigafactory 1 battery cell production is still limited to about 23 GWh despite investment in 35 GWh of capacity. Update: Tesla confirmed that they had talks with Lishen, but they denied Reuters’ report that anything is signed: Lishen has a battery factory where they are manufacturing 2170 cells, the same format used in Model 3, just 60 miles away from Tesla’s upcoming Shanghai factory. Now, according to a new report in Japan’s Nikkan Kogyo newspaper, Panasonic is considering investing in upgrading its 18650 cell production lines in Japan to produce the newer 2170 cells developed with Tesla. But CEO Elon Musk has been hinting at Tesla looking at other suppliers for Gigafactory 3: Tesla will manufacture all battery modules & packs at China Giga, as we do today in California & Nevada. It sells vehicles under its 'Tesla Motors' division and stationary battery pack for home, commercial and utility-scale projects under its 'Tesla Energy' division. It could be in order to get battery cells sooner to enable production to start at Gigafactory 3 this year, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if Tesla would want to start becoming less reliant on Panasonic. I also think that we are going to see Tesla approve more battery cell suppliers for its vehicles soon. Tesla update increases range of existing vehicles, Tesla battery test results point to lasting 2M+ miles, Karma sets $80K price for all-electric Revero sedan, High power e-leaf blowers: 80V Greenworks vs. EGO 56V, You’re reading Electrek— experts who break news about, Get interesting investment ideas by Fred Lambert, ChargePoint Home WiFi Enabled Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger, Electric Vehicle Price Guide – best prices for dealers in the US, Tesla battery supplier Panasonic is considering switching 18650 cell production to 2170 cells, Tesla’s ongoing Model S and Model X refresh, Tesla Gigafactory 1 battery cell production is still limited to about 23 GWh, Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos. Shares of Asian companies in Tesla Inc's battery supply chain surged on Tuesday after Panasonic Corp's report on the first profit at its battery venture with Tesla … Tesla is a transportation and energy company. Now Tesla is reportedly looking to approve its second one in order to supply battery cells to Gigafactory 3 in China. Its supply has been mostly coming from Panasonic’s battery factories in Japan. As we have often stated, securing battery supply is essential to mass production of electric vehicles. Let us know in the comment section below. Due to the uncertainty that came with the trade war between China and Trump’s administration, Tesla decided to accelerate its plan to establish manufacturing capacity in China in order to avoid increasing tariff on US vehicles. Panasonic commented on the report to say that “nothing has been decided” at this time. They reportedly haven’t settled on the volume that Tesla will need at Gigafactory 3. The Japanese electronics giant also continued to supply Tesla with 18650 cells from Japan for the Model S and Model X programs. Now Tesla … You can send tips on Twitter (DMs open) or via email: fred@9to5mac.com. Panasonic and Toyota are supposedly about the announce an important partnership for batteries in China, Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos. Tesla could certainly use more 2170 cell production capacity for Model 3 and Model Y, but the bigger issue is that if Panasonic switches its existing 18650 lines to it, Model S and Model X won’t have cell supply. Fred is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at Electrek.

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