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Panasonic Planning Mega Gigafactory In US

Japanese information outlet NHK experiences that Panasonic is looking for land in Oklahoma or Kansas to construct an enormous new US battery manufacturing facility that can manufacture 4680 battery cells for Tesla (and perhaps others?) In line with Reuters, the manufacturing facility will value a number of billion {dollars} to assemble. The corporate declined to both verify or deny the NHK report with Reuters.

These days, Panasonic plans to start mass manufacturing of the the brand new sort of lithium-ion battery, which is 46 mm in diameter and 80 mm tall, for Tesla by March 2024 on two new manufacturing traces at its western Japanese plant in Wakayama. The 4680 cells are roughly 5 instances bigger than the battery cells Tesla at present makes use of to energy its electrical automobiles. They’re anticipated to cut back battery prices and enhance the vary of the automobiles they energy.

Panasonic was the primary battery producer to work with Tesla when it agreed to fabricate battery cells on the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. That relationship has had its ups and downs over time and Tesla has cast alliances with different battery producers corresponding to CATL and BYD because it searches for the most effective mixture of efficiency and value. There are rumors it’ll start utilizing the LFP blade battery manufactured by BYD in future fashions. Final yr, sources advised Reuters that LG Vitality Options additionally plans to fabricate 4680 battery cells.

With Panasonic declining to speak in regards to the information experiences, we are able to solely assume the seek for a producing website is underway. It can take about two years to construct a manufacturing facility and get manufacturing began, so the possible timeline is {that a} new US manufacturing facility for Panasonic is not going to be offering battery cells to Tesla or anybody else a lot earlier than 2025.

For individuals who are praying for the EV revolution to maneuver sooner, ready for battery provide to meet up with demand is frustrating, however laying the groundwork now pays dividends sooner or later. Endurance, younger grasshopper.


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