Tesla is pushing for faster growth of new 4680 battery cells, said CFO of battery provider Panasonic in an interview. Bloomberg Published Wednesday.
Hirokazu Umeda mentioned this in a briefing after the release of Panasonic’s quarterly financial results, where the Japanese company is still seeing strong demand from Tesla for the current 2170 cell.
The 4680 cell – which is longer and wider than the 2170 cell and holds a cylindrical form factor – has championed Tesla CEO Elon Musk, as well as more energy-intensive applications like Tesla Semi and more, as the key to unlocking cheap electric cars. Cybertrack. Panasonic further bets that the new technology will pave the way for other carmakers outside of Tesla.
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Panasonic is looking for locations in Oklahoma and Kansas for a plant in the United States to make 4680 cells. Bloomberg March report. But there were no updates to Panasonic’s quarterly earnings call and, earlier this year, the company confirmed that it would initially create the new format in Japan.
The company will probably need to increase production as it addresses the technical challenge of creating new cells. Last year it became clear that multiple battery suppliers would be willing to create new formats. Panasonic, however, said last fall that “new techniques are needed” to create them.
Tesla has reached the growing million 4680 cells built on its pilot facility, although it is nowhere near what it needs to deliver Model Y and Model 3 production, which is the automaker’s interim goal. Musk suggested in April 2021 that cells should not be more than 18 months away from producing volume.