Panasonic introduced that it’s working with Tesla to construct a brand new prototype manufacturing line to supply its 4680 battery cell at Gigafactory Nevada.
In a convention name following the discharge of its newest earnings, Panasonic’s Chief Monetary Officer Hirokazu Umeda introduced that they’re working with Tesla to supply its new 4680 battery cell that was introduced on ‘Battery Day’ final month.
The chief stated (by way of Reuters):
“We’ve got appreciable know-how for that battery. We began engaged on it instantly after Tesla’s Battery Day (in September) and are additionally getting ready to arrange a prototype manufacturing line in parallel,”
Tesla’s 4680 battery cell incorporates a a lot bigger type issue and it’s anticipated to drastically cut back the price per kWh.
The automaker has designed its personal manufacturing gear to fabricate the cell, which options an revolutionary tabless design.
Tesla is constructing a big pilot manufacturing line in Fremont, which is anticipated to deploy at an even bigger scale at different areas.
At Battery Day, Tesla didn’t point out working with any particular firms to supply these cells, however it now feels like they may license the cell to Panasonic based mostly on this new remark from the Japanese producer’s CFO.
Moreover, we just lately reported on an attention-grabbing remark from LG Chem, one other Tesla battery cell provider, about making a brand new cell that sounded extraordinarily just like the 4680 cell.
Is Tesla partnering with different cell producers to supply its new 4680 cells?
It sounds prefer it and that may be nice validation for Tesla’s know-how.
They not solely developed the cell, however they construct a complete ecosystem of producing processes and gear to have the ability to produce it.
If Panasonic and LG Chem get behind this new equipment and means of manufacturing cells, it might imply that Tesla certainly has made an essential breakthrough with battery cell manufacturing.
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