Panasonic optimizes a business in the U.S. to increase the production of batteries for Tesla

Panasonic optimizes a business in the U.S. to increase the production of batteries for Tesla

Panasonic is currently supplying lithium batteries for Tesla, both from a joint venture in Nevada and from Japan. The company's production lines in this country have a higher CPV, and now Panasonic wants to optimize its production processes in the US so that local enterprises do not lag behind Japan in their efficiency. There are reserves to increase productivity by 10%.

According to Nikkei Asian Review, in the first half of the year, dozens of specialists from Japan went to Nevada to increase the productivity of the local traction plant. This company is expected to produce an annual 43 GWH battery capacity. In the United States, Panasonic is now going to increase the production of 2,170 lithium cells, which have been in use for quite some time and should eventually be replaced by more modern 4680 cells. The last Panasonic is already producing on its pilot line in Japan, and in the United States, Tesla is covering its own needs. At the previous quarterly conference, Ilon Mask admitted that this year Tesla will not be limited to the number of accessible 4680 cells, but the next year the problem may be relevant.

Last month Panasonic announced that it was going to build a new battery cell manufacturing facility in Kansas State, but it wouldn't happen until 2024. China's media last week were actively discussing the possibility of Tesla using a Chinese BYD pack battery company in Berlin. Tesla's electric vehicles are now using cylindrical batteries, and switching to pack-type batteries would make Berlin's production processes very difficult, so such rumours should be taken into account. However, it is possible that in some future models of Tesla electric vehicles, Tesla will anticipate the use of batteries from another configuration, especially in China, where it is heavily dependent on local suppliers.