Panasonic to Up Lithium-Ion Cell Production to Meet “Robust Demand” for Tesla Model S

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AUG 1 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 15

Panasonic Cells Packed in Tesla Housing.

Looks Like Tesla Needs More Panasonic Cells Than Originally Expected For The Model S

Xinhua is reporting that Panasonic will ramp up production of lithium-ion cells to meet “robust demand” in the US.

Model S Needs More Panasonic Cells

Model S Needs More Panasonic Cells

This can only mean that Panasonic is responding to Tesla’s call for additional cells to meet expected high demand for the Model S.

Here’s what Xinhua says is going on:

“The electronics maker will resume operation of idled lines at the Suminoe Plant in Osaka Prefecture, which produces batteries for U.S. automaker Tesla Motors Inc., as early as next January, while another factory in Kaizuka City in the prefecture, which the company has suspended its operation since March, will reopen by the end of next fiscal year.”

Xinhua says Panasonic spokesperson Megumi Kitagawa is the source of this information.

Panasonic intends to “add some manufacturing lines at the Kasai plant in Hyogo Prefecture” for production of batteries used by automakers within Japan, but the rest of Panasonic’s activities described here will be solely to supply Tesla.

Source: Xinhua via Global Times

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15 Comments on "Panasonic to Up Lithium-Ion Cell Production to Meet “Robust Demand” for Tesla Model S"

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I would think for the sake of sanity, Tesla has or should have multiple suppliers of they cells they use. One of the nails in Fisker’s coffin was an over reliance in cells from one supplier.

Well, on the plus-side, Panasonic is a little bit more established than A123 was.

But it was never hammered in.
Even after months of no production there were many unsold Karmas. A perfect supply chain here would have only meant even more ready for sale, not sold.

Pity really; the more companies making electric drivetrain vehicles, the better.

Does anyone already said that this doesn’t look like Tesla housing?

I was going to say, maybe it’s a Tesla pack for a non-Tesla vehicle, but it looks like the cells are packed tight, not with the stuff between them for cooling/heating and fault tolerance.

Might be first generation Smart ED, or just a demonstration sample.

http://www.plugincars.com/smart-ed-becomes-first-nationwide-electric-car-106814.html

It is a photo from around 4 years ago and is in no way indicative of the Tesla pack geometry

This is a good sign that Tesla is using so many batteries that they are having to reopen a factory and open up some stopped assembly lines. I still think it would be nice to have a battery factory right on Tesla main property to make batteries for them when they start up their generation 3 car.

Hopefully quality doesn’t suffer.

Eric,
bad choice on the photo.
It’s about 4 years old and not indicative of the Tesla S config.

It is a pretty picture with the Panasonic and Tesla logo on it though, (=

I’d say it’s a pretty picture of a Panasonic pack… with a just-a-tad-too-big Tesla logo photoshopped in? :/

Swapped out the featured pic to something more suitable, but left the ” pretty picture with the Panasonic and Tesla logo on it” just for Jay.

Eric,
PS I know it’s alot of work putting out this many articles so everything isn’t always perfect.
GSB

So am I reading this right? Panasonic had idled plants that make batteries for Tesla? That doesn’t make much sense.