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These automakers now—or soon will—rely on Panasonic’s unique battery engineering and supply chain to power their electric vehicles.

Jake Hertz

March 25, 2024

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Panasonic holds a significant position in the global electric vehicle (EV) battery marketplace thanks to a confluence of strategic partnerships, technological advancements, and extensive experience in battery technology.

Panasonic's prominence in the market is largely attributed to its long-standing partnership with Tesla, one of the leading electric vehicle manufacturers globally. This collaboration, initiated over a decade ago, has been pivotal in scaling up battery production and reducing costs through economies of scale. For example, Panasonic's Gigafactory in Nevada, a joint venture with Tesla, produces a significant portion of the world's lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles. By virtue of this relationship and Tesla’s success alone, Panasonic has become one of the world’s largest battery suppliers.

The company is best known for its 4680 battery cells, which feature a larger form factor than traditional lithium-ion batteries, leading to significant improvements in energy density and efficiency. This innovation allows for increased range and reduced charging times for EVs as well as lower production costs through enhanced manufacturing scalability. As a result, the 4680 battery cells have been widely adopted in the EV industry and have contributed greatly to making electric cars more accessible and appealing to a broader market.

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Today, Panasonic's global footprint in the EV battery market is expanding. Beyond its Tesla partnership, Panasonic collaborates with various automotive manufacturers worldwide, supplying batteries for numerous electric vehicles. In this piece, we’ll take a look at the most notable automakers who source their EV batteries from Panasonic. Read on the learn more about Panasonic’s EV customers.

About the Author(s)

Jake Hertz

Jake Hertz is an Electrical Engineer, Technical Writer, and Public Relations Specialist. After he received his M.S. and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Rochester, he spent three years working as an Electrical Engineer at MakerBot Industries. 

As a writer, Jake is well known for his frequent contributions to various engineering websites, where he has garnered readership in the tens of thousands. Through his business, NanoHertz Solutions, Jake works with cutting-edge companies in the hardware and semiconductor space to build industry buzz and awareness through Public Relations and Technical Writing services.

As an engineer, Jake now works with numerous startups to help develop their hardware products. He is also a Co-Founder of Origin Labs, a NYC-based design firm for tech startups in the hardware space.

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