Panasonic and Tesla are long-time partners. Usually discreet about the goals of the two companies, Panasonic has just announced that the den...
The promise is signed by Panasonic. Indeed, Tesla's partner and supplier company has just announced that the density of the batteries it produces for Tesla will be increased by 20% over the next five years. In addition, the Japanese company says it intends to bring a cobalt-free version to market "within two to three years".
Yasuaki Takamoto, a Panasonic executive in charge of Tesla battery business in the US, made some interesting new comments in an interview with Reuters:
“Panasonic Corp plans to boost the energy density of “2170” battery cells it supplies to Tesla Inc by 20% in five years and commercialize a cobalt-free version “in two to three years”, the head of its U.S. EV battery business said.”
Usually rather discreet, this is the first time Panasonic has communicated its common goals with Tesla.
All the more so as silence is rather common at the moment, since it is known that the Nevada Gigafactory's workforce is turned towards the secret "RoadRunner" project, a new technology of battery cells capable of holding more than one and a half million kilometers. In concrete terms, this increase in energy density is great news for Tesla.
Good news for Tesla
This means that the car manufacturer could increase the range of its vehicles without having to equip them with larger and heavier batteries. For example, Tesla could offer a Model 3 with a 90 kWh battery and a range of more than 400 miles without having to change the engine layout.
In addition, this gain in energy density would allow Tesla to focus its efforts on areas other than the battery, such as aerodynamics or the overall performance of its cars. Beginning in September, Panasonic will upgrade the battery cell production lines at the Nevada Gigafactory to begin work on increasing energy density.