Panasonic Corporation announced that it has established a new manufacturing company of lithium-ion batteries, Panasonic Energy Corporation of North America in Sparks, Nevada, the United States on October 1, 2014.
Tesla and Panasonic have been working together in various collaborative projects toward the popularization and growth of electric vehicles since 2007. Panasonic and Tesla signed the agreement to build the Gigafactory in July.
The Panasonic Energy Corporation of North America will be built on 555,000 square meters at the Tesla Gigafactory, a large-scale battery manufacturing plant which has been discussed between Tesla and Panasonic, and will produce and sell lithium-ion batteries.
This new factory will enable a continuous reduction in the cost of long range battery packs in parallel with manufacturing at the volumes required to enable Tesla to meet its goal of advancing mass market electric vehicles. Through this cooperation, Panasonic will contribute to accelerate the expansion of the electric vehicle market.
Panasonic plans to continuously expand operations meeting with Tesla’s vehicle delivery schedule, driven by the progressive role out of new vehicles and across global markets.
Overview of New Company
|Corporate name||Panasonic Energy Corporation of North America|
|Establishment||Oct. 1, 2014|
|Location||Sparks, Nevada, USA|
|Principal lines of business||Production and sales of lithium-ion battery cells|
|Stated capital||5 million US dollars (Capital investor: Panasonic Corporation of North America)|
|Name and title of representative||CEO： Masayuki Kitabayashi|
|Area of factory||555,000 square meters|