Mar 13, 2023 - 01:36 pm
LG & Panasonic rumoured to supply Tesla’s 4680 battery cells
According to an agency report, Panasonic and LG Energy Solution are to supply the 4680 cells for the Tesla Cybertruck. Apparently, this was not originally planned. Tesla is said to have not yet reached the targeted energy density with its own 4680 cells of the first generation.
Feb 10, 2023 - 11:59 am
Redwood starts manufacturing anode copper foil
The recycling company Redwood Materials, founded by former Tesla CTO JB Straubel, has started producing anode copper foils. In addition, Redwood has received a conditional commitment from the US Department of Energy for a $2 billion loan for battery materials.
Dec 14, 2022 - 02:49 pm
Panasonic to supply batteries for Lucid
Lucid Motors has signed a supply agreement for battery cells with Panasonic Energy. The Panasonic batteries will be installed in both the Lucid Air and the upcoming Gravity SUV. Until now, the cells came from LG.
Nov 16, 2022 - 03:26 pm
Panasonic & Redwood Materials expand recycling partnership
Panasonic has reached an agreement with Redwood Materials to source cathode materials and copper foil for electric car batteries. Redwood’s recycled cathode active materials will be used in battery cells at Panasonic’s planned plant in Kansas.
Nov 3, 2022 - 12:13 pm
Canoo to build battery plant in Oklahoma
Canoo announced plans for a battery module manufacturing facility in the US state of Oklahoma. The plant will be fully operational, producing modules from Panasonic battery cells with a total annual capacity of 3.2 GWh. Construction is scheduled to begin before the end of the year.
Oct 31, 2022 - 03:18 pm
Panasonic prepares to launch US battery factory construction
The Japanese company Panasonic has scheduled the start of construction of its new battery cell factory in the US state of Kansas for November 2022. It will be Panasonic’s second battery factory for electric vehicles in the USA after the Gigafactory 1 in Nevada, which is operated jointly with Tesla.
Oct 24, 2022 - 06:50 pm
Panasonic to source graphite from North America
Tesla battery partner Panasonic has signed an MoU with Nouveau Monde Graphite (NMG) to establish a supply chain in North America for graphite, an anode-active material used in lithium-ion batteries.
Aug 31, 2022 - 02:31 pm
Toyota invests billions in battery production
Toyota has decided to invest up to 730 billion yen (approximately $5.6 billion) in battery production for battery electric vehicles in Japan, and the US, which should start between 2024 and 2026.
Aug 29, 2022 - 11:52 am
Panasonic considers another battery plant in the US
Tesla supplier Panasonic is looking to build another battery cell factory in the USA. After the Japanese company confirmed a plant in Kansas in July, media reports suggest Panasonic is looking at a similar facility in Oklahoma.
Aug 16, 2022 - 02:02 pm
Panasonic looks to improve efficiency in Gigafactory 1
Panasonic wants to increase production at its factory in Nevada, where it operates jointly with Tesla, by another ten per cent. According to a media report, this will not be achieved by a new production line, but by optimising the efficiency of manufacturing.
Aug 8, 2022 - 12:17 pm
One third of the world’s EV batteries come from CATL
According to an analysis by the market research company SNE Research, electric vehicle batteries with a total capacity of 203.4 GWh were installed worldwide in the first half of 2022. The leading supplier was CATL with 70.9 GWh or a market share of 34.8 per cent.
Aug 2, 2022 - 01:33 pm
Prime Planet secures lithium from Nevada
Prime Planet Energy & Solutions, the battery joint venture of Toyota and Panasonic, has signed a binding offtake agreement with Ioneer for lithium carbonate from Ioneer’s Rhyolite Ridge project in Nevada.
Jul 14, 2022 - 03:02 pm
Panasonic to build battery cell factory in Kansas
Panasonic will probably build its new US battery factory, where the new 4680 cells for Tesla are to be produced, in Kansas. It is clear that Panasonic wants to build a battery factory there and that the funding application has already been approved – only which cells are to be built there is not yet […]
Jun 2, 2022 - 01:47 pm
Panasonic delivers first batch of 4680 cells to Tesla
Panasonic has delivered the first sample cells of the new 4680 format to Tesla. The large round cells were built on a Panasonic pilot line in Japan. The company is still looking for a location for the planned US production.
Feb 28, 2022 - 12:54 pm
Panasonic confirms 4680 battery cell production
Panasonic has now officially announced that it will set up a production facility for the new 4680 cells at its plant in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. These are to be suitable for use in electric cars. The company has thus confirmed a corresponding rumour.
Feb 17, 2022 - 03:01 pm
Prime Planet to build third battery plant in China
Prime Planet Energy & Solutions, the battery joint venture of Toyota and Panasonic, is expanding its production capacities, according to a media report. At the existing site in Dalian, a third battery plant is apparently being built as of this month, where cells for hybrid cars are to be produced.
Feb 8, 2022 - 03:34 pm
CATL outgrows the battery competition
CATL was the world’s largest manufacturer of batteries for electric cars for the fifth consecutive year in 2021, according to figures from market research firm SNE Research. With an installed capacity of 96.7 gigawatt-hours, CATL achieved a 32.6 per cent share of the global market for lithium-ion car batteries in 2021.
Jan 24, 2022 - 01:19 pm
Panasonic to launch 4680 battery cell production next year
Panasonic plans to start mass production of the new 4680 cells for Tesla in the course of 2023. Panasonic is expanding its plant in the Japanese prefecture of Wakayama and integrating new facilities for the mass production of these new cells.
Oct 26, 2021 - 12:52 pm
Panasonic presents prototype 4680 cells
Panasonic has presented a prototype of its 4680 cell for Tesla. Test production of the cells is scheduled to begin in Japan in March 2022. It is not yet clear when series production will begin. To date, Panasonic is the only known supplier commissioned by Tesla to build the 4680 cells.
Oct 4, 2021 - 04:12 pm
Toyota’s battery joint venture to source nickel from BHP
The commodities group BHP and the Toyota-Panasonic joint venture Prime Planet Energy & Solutions have agreed on a memorandum of understanding on the supply of nickel. The material is to come from BHP’s new production facility in Western Australia.
Jun 25, 2021 - 03:24 pm
Panasonic sells Tesla stock for $3.6 billion
The Japanese battery manufacturer Panasonic has sold its stake in Tesla for 3.6 billion dollars (the equivalent of about three billion euros). A good deal, because the company bought 1.4 million Tesla shares for around 30 million dollars more than ten years ago.
May 11, 2021 - 02:18 pm
Battery production at Gigafactory 1 turns first profits
Panasonic has presented its business figures for the 2021 financial year that ended at the end of March. The production of battery cells with Tesla in the Gigafactory 1 in Nevada was profitable for the first time over the entire financial year.
Jan 5, 2021 - 04:34 pm
Panasonic & Tesla reach deal on Japanese battery cells
Tesla has reached a new pricing agreement with its longtime partner Panasonic on battery cells manufactured in Japan for the period Oct. 1, 2020, through March 31, 2022, according to a now-released filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Dec 29, 2020 - 02:22 pm
Panasonic to launch 4680 cell production in 2021
Panasonic wants to start the production of prototypes of the new 4680 battery cell presented by Tesla at Battery Day as early as 2021. Production is most likely to take place in the company’s Nevada Gigafactory.
Nov 18, 2020 - 04:22 pm
Panasonic looks to Norway for European battery production
Panasonic has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the energy company Equinor and the industrial group Norsk Hydro to explore the possibilities for building a “sustainable and cost-effective European battery business” for electric vehicles, likely in Norway.