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Panasonic wants to further tap into its strong working relationship with Tesla Motors, this time through autonomous vehicle systems. Self-driving car technology is considered by many to be central in the auto industry’s future, and Panasonic’s relationship with Tesla could be an opportunity the company has been seeking. “We are deeply interested in Tesla’s self-driving […]

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Electric car maker Tesla started producing lithium-ion battery cells yesterday at the company’s gigafactory outside Reno, Nev., alongside its longtime battery partner Panasonic. Tesla and Panasonic’s new jointly designed cylindrical 2170 cells will first be used to power Tesla’s Powerwall 2 home energy supply unit, and the Powerpack 2 commercial solar energy storage product. Cells destined […]

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Last Friday, hundreds of Tesla vehicle owners and their invited guests celebrated the official opening of the company’s first Gigafactory battery plant in the Nevada desert. The new facility at the edge of the town of Sparks, east of Reno, will build Tesla’s future battery cells and packs for all of its products. In addition […]

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The Tesla Model 3 did hit the “pencils down” mark, CEO Elon Musk said during the Gigafactory media tour. Musk told reporters that the final designs for Tesla’s $35,000-and-up electric Model 3 were locked up two weeks ago. Tesla is moving forward on schedule to start producing them next summer, he said. Speaking at the […]

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While Tesla’s Gigafactory won’t officially host its grand opening until Friday in Nevada, members of the media toured the plant on Tuesday and shared perspectives ranging from being fans to skeptics. Two years after construction began, the $5 billion factory is expected to nearly double global production of lithium-ion batteries. The factory is about 14 […]

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Panasonic is expanding its presence in China through an alliance with Beijing Automotive Group to manufacture electric car parts and components in that country. According to Kyodo News, Panasonic is teaming up with the Chinese company to manufacture parts and components, which is expected to include HVAC systems for electrified vehicles. The deal was reportedly […]

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Tesla Motors will be working exclusively with Panasonic on batteries for its upcoming Model 3, says CEO Elon Musk A day after Reuters reported that Samsung SDI was closing in on a battery supplier arrangement with Tesla, it appears to be over. A source with direct knowledge of the matter had told the news agency […]

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Tesla is making good on its promise to host a special event to mark the opening of its gigafactory production facility in Nevada. The company even offered attendance at the battery-factory’s opening as one of the prizes given out during the second round of a referral program that aimed to get Model S owners to […]

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Following the initial formal launch last month of the Model X, the core of Tesla Motors’ engineers and designers have now shifted to the Model 3. Earlier this week, Chief Technical Officer JB Straubel spoke more about where Tesla’s current – and future – attention is focused. “Most of the people inside Tesla are no […]

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This week Tesla reported two local newspaper employees were caught last Friday trespassing on its Gigafactory construction site, tried to evade, and injured a Tesla security guard with a Jeep. Whether this was a willful attempt to run Tesla’s employee over, or inadvertent is not clear, but following the “altercation,” Tesla said the driver was […]

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