Panasonic should start 2023 with the production of new Tesla batteries

Panasonic should start 2023 with the production of new Tesla batteries-production

Panasonic should start 2023 with mass production of new lithium-ion batteries of the format 4680, which should increase the range of electric cars with the same battery volume by more than 15 percent, as Nikkei Asia reports, unfortunately calling without concrete sources. According to the report, the first deliveries should go to Tesla, the long-standing partner of Panasonic, which had commissioned the development of new cells. Panasonic had introduced a prototype last fall.

The new battery format, significantly larger than the previous round cells, is intended to enable electric cars based on the weight of the batteries a previously unavailable range. Tesla, for example, indicates that a current model S has a range of about 650 kilometers with a single charge. With the new battery, the range calculations should increase to a good 750 kilometers.

Tesla chief Elon Musk already knew that his company also wants to produce his own batteries, such as in the new Gigafactory in Berlin or the Gigafactory built together with Panasonic in Nevada. Further partnerships such as those with Panasonic, which now also wants to start in Japan with the production of new cells in their own work, should complement the supply.

The format designation 4680 refers to the dimensions: the diameter of the round cell is 46 millimeters and it is 80 millimeters long. Currently come in Tesla electric cars with the format 2170 used: 21 millimeters in diameter and 70 millimeters long. The new cell type will therefore be slightly more than twice as big as the previous version, with a four- to five times capacity enhancement. This will allow automobile manufacturers to reduce the number of batteries used in each electric car, which will also reduce the time and effort for their assembly into the vehicles.

In view of this increase in efficiency, Tesla and Panasonic assume that the production of the new batteries will cost well ten to 20 percent less than the previous versions. To supply Tesla from Japan, Panasonic expands its work in Wakayama Prefecture with an investment of around 80 billion yen, about 625 million euros. The annual production capacity of the Wakayama plant will be discussed as Nikkei Asia reports. It is expected to be about 10 gigawatts per year, resulting in adequate batteries for good 150.000 electro cars corresponds.

Panasonic should still want to start pilot operation in Wakayama this year. The mass production should start in the coming year. The company is also intended to expand mass production in other plants in the US and other countries.

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2 thoughts on “Panasonic should start 2023 with the production of new Tesla batteries”

  1. From the article:

    “The new cell type will be something more than twice as big as the previous version, …”

    Since I ask myself, how to get as an author just to such a formulation / bill? [marked above]

    Times the outward nominal values of the 2170s resp. 4680er, I come to a 5.48-fold volume!

    Which then additionally the following specification

    “… with a four- to five times capacity increase.”

    Also remains under a reasonably expectible value a ca. 5-6-fold capacity gd. The 2170 .. how does it work?

  2. Tesla boss Elon Musk already knew that his company wants to make his own batteries”

    Ahaaa …! Now I know where the 10 years lead to everyone else coming from: they want today, all others then probably only in 10 years.
    Where, it seems to me, they really want quite long; Actually, they would have to be able to do it now, or even do it.


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