Tesla and Panasonic team up to develop next-generation battery cells for EVs

Tesla Motors and Panasonic announced today that they will collaborate to develop next-generation battery cells for use in electric-vehicles.

“Our collaboration with Panasonic will accelerate the development of next generation EV cells, enabling Tesla to further improve our battery pack performance,” said JB Straubel, Tesla”s Chief Technology Officer. “Combining Tesla”s rigorous cell testing and understanding of EV requirements with Panasonic”s cutting-edge battery technology will result in custom cells optimized for use in EVs.”

Tesla said that it will use Panasonic’s battery cells, which are comprised of Nickel-based Lithium ion chemistry, in its new battery packs.

Currently, Tesla’s battery packs are composed of cells from multiple battery suppliers. Tesla says that the new cells will also be compatible with other cell form factors to enable the continuation of its strategy of using cells from other suppliers. Tesla has already delivered more than 900 Roadsters to customers in North America and Europe.

– By: Kap Shah