Panasonic to supply automotive grade lithium-ion battery cells to Tesla’s premium electric sedan-Model S
Panasonic and Tesla Motors have finalized a supply agreement for automotive-grade lithium-ion battery cells. Panasonic’s automotive grade lithium-ion battery cells will be used in Tesla’s premium electric sedan, Model S. The agreement supplies Tesla with Panasonic’s lithium-ion battery cells to build more than 80,000 vehicles over the next four years. It guarantees the availability of enough cells in 2012 to meet Tesla’s aggressive production ramp-up and fulfillment of more than 6,000 existing Model S reservations. Panasonic and Tesla together have developed a next-generation battery cell based on this nickel chemistry and optimized specifically for electric vehicle quality and life. These new cells will combine with Tesla’s proven EV battery expertise gained from more than 15 million customer miles driven in Tesla Roadsters and thousands of hours of cell and battery testing to create the most capable electric vehicle ever produced, Model S.
In 2009, Panasonic and Tesla initially entered into a supply agreement. In 2010, Panasonic invested $30 million in Tesla to deepen the partnership and foster the growth of the electric vehicle industry. Tesla is a supplier of batteries and powertrains to Toyota and Daimler.Tesla is a comprehensive electric vehicle powertrain component supplier to the electric vehicle industry.