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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Panasonic has developed a lead-acid battery for charge control and idle reduction vehicles.
According to US patent number 14/359464, filed on January 23 2013, published on November 6, the battery is designed to have a high charge acceptance, which makes it suitable for vehicles with little charging opportunity.