Telsa, Panasonic Team Up on Next Generation Batteries

Tesla has delivered more than 900 electric cars to customers in North America and Europe.

Published: 08-Jan-2010

SAN FRANCISCO -- U.S electric sports carmaker Tesla Motors will partner with Japan's Panasonic Corp (6752.T) for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries, the companies said on Thursday.

California-based Tesla, best known for its $109,000 all-electric Roadster, plans to use Panasonic's battery cells in its newest battery packs for electric cars.

Panasonic is pushing aggressively into the green technology sector and recently acquired a majority stake in Sanyo Electric Co Ltd (6764.T), the world's largest rechargeable battery maker.


Brilliance sedan on display at 2009 Detroit Auto Show.

Besides its F3DM, BYD also showed another plug-in hybrid, the F6DM, and the E6, a seven-seat electric van.

Chevrolet Volt Voltec Propulsion System relies on lithium ion batteries housed in center console 'T'. Photo credit: EV

Auto industry is beginning to make needed advances in battery technology to put a first wave of rechargeable electric cars like the Volt on the road.

Toyota FT-EV electric car has estimated 50 miles driving range on lithium ion batteries..

Along with making packs for a plug-in version of the Prius hybrid, Toyota sees an opportunity for additional revenue from supplying packs to rivals


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