Tesla has just announced the start of mass production of lithium-ion battery cells at its Gigafactory in Nevada.
The maker of Model X and Model S has joined hands with Panasonic to make the batteries which will be used in energy storage products and the upcoming Model 3. As a recap, the Model 3 is an all-electric sedan which will be a lot more affordable than the current Model S. It will be sold in several markets including India.
The high performance cylindrical “2170 cell” was jointly designed by Tesla and Panasonic to offer good performance at the lowest production cost in an optimal form factor for both electric vehicles and energy products.
Production of 2170 cells for qualification started in December and now, production is kicking off on cells that will be used in Tesla’s Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2 energy products. Model 3 cell production will follow in Q2 and by 2018, the Gigafactory will produce 35 GWh/year of lithium-ion battery cells which is nearly as much as the rest of the entire world’s battery production combined.