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Panasonic plans Japan batteries expansion

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 09:46 -- Xuan Zhong
Panasonic plans Japan batteries expansion

Japanese tech giant Panasonic Corporation is stepping up domestic production of prismatic lithium-ion batteries to meet what it said is increasing demand for electric vehicles.

Panasonic confirmed it will open a production line for the batteries at a factory in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, although it declined to give details about planned production capacity.

 

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Tesla opts for Samsung over Panasonic for Australia project

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 09:29 -- Xuan Zhong
Tesla opts for Samsung over Panasonic for Australia project

The Powerpacks Tesla is providing for its South Australia battery project will use lithium-ion battery cells from Samsung SDI— instead of those from its long-term partner Panasonic, BBB has confirmed.

South Australia’s state government announced in July it had chosen the US tech giant to deliver “the world’s largest” battery system in the region.

 

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Panasonic expects profit from Tesla batteries by year-end

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 09:28 -- News Editor
Panasonic expects profit from Tesla batteries by year-end

Electronics giant Panasonic expects to see a profit from Tesla’s Model 3 batteries by the end of the year.

Panasonic began battery cell production for the mass-market electric vehicle at their $5 billion Gigafactory in Nevada, USA, in June. 

 

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Panasonic and Pika Energy tie-up on ‘smart battery’

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 09:46 -- News Editor
Panasonic and Pika Energy tie-up on ‘smart battery’

Panasonic Eco Solutions North America said it is teaming up with US-based inverter manufacturer Pika Energy to offer the DC-coupled solar smart battery Harbor 10P/15P.

The companies, which plan to start shipping in late 2017, said Harbor Smart combines Panasonic’s lithium-ion battery modules and Pika Energy’s power electronics in one “slim, floor-standing, wall-mounted enclosure”.

 

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Japanese giant benefits from India’s green push

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Japanese giant benefits from India’s green push

The fast-growing telecom sector in India has become Panasonic’s major growth driver for energy storage products in the country, company officials say.

The Japanese tech giant reports the sector has generated more than $100 million in sales of lithium-ion battery-based solutions in the last three years, as telecom service operators invest in renewable energy plus storage.

 

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Panasonic’s new Li-ion battery factory in China

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Panasonic’s new Li-ion battery factory in China

Japan’s battery giant Panasonic held an opening ceremony for its new automotive lithium-ion battery factory in Dalian, China last week.

The factory is Panasonic's first automotive battery cell production facility in China and owned by Panasonic Automotive Energy Dalian Co., Ltd., an automotive battery joint venture established between Panasonic and Dalian Levear Electric Co., Ltd. in February 2016.

 

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Panasonic launches rechargeable for smart glasses.

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 12:56 -- Paul Crompton

Panasonic is offering the smallest lithium-ion cell for smart glasses, which can fit into the arm of hit tech specs.

The so called pin cell is 3.5mm in diameter and charges in an hour. It shows no swelling over 1000 cycles.

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Panasonic bonds sale to raise cash for TESLA Gigafactory.

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:22 -- Paul Crompton
Panasonic bonds sale to raise cash for TESLA Gigafactory.

Battery giant Panasonic is going to issue straight bonds worth up to 400 billion yen ($3.86 billion) in a bid to raise money to develop its business.

The Japanese company is releasing the corporate bonds in part to bring forward its investment in Tesla Motors’ ‘gigafactory’, reported newswire Reuters.

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Tesla looks to Korea for its lithium-ion EV battery supply

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 16:00 -- Paul Crompton
Tesla looks to Korea for its lithium-ion EV battery supply

With 400,000 pre-orders of its model 3, Tesla is looking beyond the Japanese lithium-ion battery maker Panasonic for its supply to ensure it can meet demand, reports the Korea Times.

Some Korean companies are also getting in on the act to supply materials for those batteries.

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Panasonic to send employees to Tesla Gigafactory

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 11:45 -- Paul Crompton
Panasonic to send employees to Tesla Gigafactory

Hundreds of staff from Japanese electronics group Panasonic Corp are being drafted into the prepare Tesla’s lithium-ion gigafactory for production.

The employees are heading to Nevada this autumn to get the plant ready to start making lithium-ion batteries next year.

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