Panasonic Shows ePowertrain Platform, Batteries For Tesla at CES

JAN 20 2018 BY MARK KANE 14

Panasonic is far from being satisfied with only a battery supplier role. The Japanese company has greater ambitions and intends to offer its scalable “ePowertrain” platform for small EVs.

Panasonic: A scalable “ePowertrain” platform for small EVs

The main target for the ePowertrain are EV bikes and micro EVs. These should now be easier to develop and produce using Panasonic’s power unit (with an on-board charger, junction box, inverter and DC-to-DC converter) and a motor unit. Of course, batteries are available too.

“Panasonic Corporation announced today that it has developed a scalable “ePowertrain” platform, a solution for the effective development of small electric vehicles (EVs). The platform is a systematized application of devices used in the EVs of major global carmakers, and is intended to contribute to the advancement of the coming mobility society.

Global demand for EVs is expected to expand rapidly, along with a wide variety of new mobility. These include not only conventional passenger vehicles but also new types of EVs, such as EV bikes and micro EVs, which suit various lifestyles and uses in each region.

The platform Panasonic has developed for EV bikes and micro EVs is an energy-efficient, safe powertrain that features integrated compactness, high efficiency, and flexible scalability. It consists of basic units, including a power unit (with an on-board charger, junction box, inverter and DC-to-DC converter) and a motor unit. The platform will help reduce costs and lead time for vehicle development by scaling up or down the combination of basic units in accordance with vehicle specifications such as size, speed and torque.

Panasonic has developed and delivered a wide range of components – including batteries, on-board chargers, film capacitors, DC-to-DC converters and relays – specifically for EVs, plug-in hybrids, and hybrid EVs. Panasonic will continue to contribute to the global growth in EVs through system development that makes use of the strengths of our devices.”

Panasonic Develops Scalable “ePowertrain” Platform for Small EVs

Panasonic: Mockups of scalable “ePowertrain” platform at CES 2018

Tesla Gigafactory

In the case of full-size cars, Panasonic is most known for its battery cells supplied to Tesla. The partnership was recently expanded to include solar cells.

Panasonic feels pretty independent from Tesla, stressing that it has its own battery factory “inside” the Tesla Gigafactory, however the cells were “jointly designed and engineered”.

Annual production of 35 GWh is expected in 2019.

Production of New Battery Cells for Tesla’s “Model 3”

Panasonic’s lithium-ion battery factory within Tesla’s Gigafactory handles production of 2170-size*1 cylindrical battery cells for Tesla’s energy storage system and its new “Model 3” sedan, which began production in July 2017. The high performance cylindrical “2170 cell” was jointly designed and engineered by Tesla and Panasonic to offer the best performance at the lowest production cost in an optimal form factor for both electric vehicles (EVs) and energy products. Panasonic and Tesla are conducting phased investment in the Gigafactory, which will have 35 GWh*/year production capacity of lithium-ion battery cells, more than was produced worldwide in 2013. Panasonic is estimating that global production volume for electric vehicles in fiscal 2026 will see an approximately six-fold increase from fiscal 2017 to over 3 million units. The Company will contribute to the realization of a sustainable energy society through the provision of electric vehicle batteries.

Tesla Solar Roof – Tuscan Tile

In regards to solar cells, Panasonic expects 1 GW output at the Tesla Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York in 2019.

The solar cells are used both in conventional modules, as well as in Tesla Solar Roof tiles.

Strengthening Collaboration with Tesla

In addition to the collaboration with Tesla in the lithium-ion battery business (for details, refer to pages 5-6), Panasonic also collaborates with the company in the solar cell business and will begin production of solar cells this summer at its Buffalo, New York, factory. Solar cells produced at this factory are supplied to Tesla. In addition, the solar cells are used in roof tiles sold by Tesla, a product that integrates solar cells with roofing materials.Panasonic will continue its investment in the factory going forward and plans to raise solar cell production capacity to 1 GW by 2019.

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14 Comments on "Panasonic Shows ePowertrain Platform, Batteries For Tesla at CES"

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Another Euro point of view

“Panasonic feels pretty independent from Tesla, stressing that it has its own battery factory “inside” the Tesla Gigafactory”

Exactly, as far as battery cells production is concerned, Tesla own the roof, that’s about it. It has never been different and this reality is abused, bent, distorted on a daily base to fit the narrative/story.

In both directions.

True, as Panasonic will leap into the Toyota passenger seat, when the Toyota bean counters see 2022 EV production profit potential.

Toyota is partnering with Panasonic for prismatic cells; they will get almost no benefit from the Tesla-Panasonic research breakthroughs.

I’ve never seen it bent in the Panasonic direction showing anything but how it actually is.

Plenty of times are there people thinking that Tesla makes cells and that the Gigafactory is all Tesla or Tesla controlled.

Another BS and FUD post by a Serial Anti-Tesla troll getting desperate as Tesla soars.

It says it right in the article, its a “PARTNERSHIP”!

Tesla owns the building and both companies jointly designed and engineered the 2170 cells produced there by Panasonic.

You can bet that Tesla gets to purchase all the cells made there AND controls the rate of production AND as costs fall because of scale so do the prices paid by Tesla.

So once again Some Troll Out There is fos as he attempts to spin the narrative that Tesla only owns the “roof” and controls nothing else.

Meanwhile, virtually all the laggard OEMs of the world have to compete for the limited production of batteries by 3rd party suppliers because they don’t control their supply as the demand is set to escalate dramatically.

Serial Anti-Tesla troll? Nice…

I’m a huge supporter of Elon Musk. I’ve been following Tesla for över a decade. I read everything I can that is Tesla related. I own Tesla stocks of about $20k worth. I have a Model 3 reservation from day one. I can barely hold a longer conversation with someone without talking about EVs, Teslas and how great they are.
I helped facilitate a super charger and were of course there for the opening.

I am as pro Tesla as you can possible be. But I am not a cult member. I tell it how it is no matter if it puts Tesla in a good or a bad light, it’s just the light.

You should try to do what your username says…

“Another Euro Tesla Hater cultist” said:

“Exactly, as far as battery cells production is concerned, Tesla own the roof, that’s about it. It has never been different and this reality is abused, bent, distorted on a daily base to fit the narrative/story.”

And you’re the one trying to abuse, bend, and distort the facts to fit your Tesla Hater cultist agenda.

Reality check #1: Tesla controls the rate of production at Gigafatory One, not Panasonic.

Reality check #2: Tesla is the company contracting for supplies of raw and processed materials delivered to Gigafactory One; materials used to make battery cells. Not Panasonic.

Reality check #3: The battery cells which Panasonic makes inside Gigafactory One are all going to Tesla. Panasonic isn’t selling or even offering those batteries to any other company.

This meme that Panasonic has a factory which only “happens” to be located inside Tesla’s Gigafactory One… is just another measure of how desperate and even laughable the Big Lies coming from Tesla Hater cultists are. 🙄

You’ll notice a distinct lack of separation between Tesla and Panasonic’s operations on this Gigafactory Process flow chart:

My guess is that “Another Euro point of view” is not an hater but someone paid to post anti-Tesla propaganda.
This is fair, since Tesla home country is using its network probes to get economical advantages.
But is it always boring to read lies.

I assume they are targeting micro EVs and ebikes because those are not competing with Tesla.

And because they are far more relevant to the future of individual mobility than electric SUVs.

Lol. “By 2026, Panasonic sees BEV sales being up six-fold over today’s level”

BEV sales have doubled year-over-year for a while, and now make up a little less than 2% of the market. If we were only at 1%, and only doubling every 24 months, then we would be at 8% sales by the start of 2024 & on track to get to 16% by 2026 — well ahead of Panasonic’s projection.

More than the excellent R&D team at Tesla, this is what Panasonic desperately needs out of the Tesla partnership — someone to push them to expand quickly enough to meet the developing demand.

“BEV sales have doubled year-over-year for a while…”

No, they have not. Not even close. You can point to a very temporary trend of year-on-year increase of more than 100% from 2011-2013, but that was a period of growth from almost nothing, so the percentage growth was all out of proportion to the actual volume.

The longer term trend for PEV sales (that is, both BEVs and PHEVs) is rather slower; more like 40-50% year-on-year.

Go Panasonic!

The more platforms, engineering and work done to further EVs, the better!

Very interested I all they are doing.