Panasonic Teams With Tesla to Produce Next-Generation EV Batteries, Shows First Prototypes

One would assume Telsa would be more than satisfied with a range of EV batteries that are considered the gold standard in the industry. As it happens, Elon Musk is the type of person who never likes to rest on his laurels, as Tesla’s latest collaboration goes to prove.
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Musk’s beloved Tesla has teamed up with the Japanese electronics company Panasonic to collaborate on new and improved batteries that Tesla hope will bring their cars a competitive edge over manufacturers nipping at their heels like Volkswagen, BMW, Rivian, and Lucid. With the EV market heating up in a big way, they’ll need every piece of help they can find.

Just this year, Panasonic announced that it’d established a new test production line capable of manufacturing a 4680 format (46 millimeters wide and 80 millimeters tall) capable of retrofitting into existing Tesla platforms but also concept vehicles the company has yet to produce.

Tesla and Panasonic hope this new technology will store more electricity, last longer, and be even more reliable than any EV battery on the market today, even as competition surrounds the company on all sides.

Panasonic is just one electronics manufacturer that Tesla’s forged a fruitful business relationship with over the last decade or so. Others include LG Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of the South Korean electronics maker LG, and the Chinese Contemporary Amperex Technology Company.

With their combined research, Tesla and Panasonic hope to minimize production costs in whatever way they can, in hopes that their vehicles may finally be affordable enough to land in the driveways of everyday consumers. They are still mostly in garages of the affluent luxury car drivers that historically make the backbone of Tesla’s market share.

Specifics of the elemental makeup of this new battery are not known at this time. However, at a recent media round table, Panasonic announced that the new battery packs would not consist of cheaper Lithium Iron Phosphate units. Expect production to begin sometime in the spring of 2022
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