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Panasonic will not be the only cell provider for Tesla

Tesla is certainly one of the most well known companies in the all-electric vehicle market. The company produces the Tesla Roadster that is a green sports car. The vehicle is one of the most attractive and desirable electric vehicles on the market and boasts some of the best EV performance and mileage around.

One of the keys to improving the driving distance of the Tesla Roadster is to improve the battery packs in the cars. Tesla uses round 18650 format batteries like those found in consumer electronics whereas most electric vehicle are powered by prismatic cells that are flat. Tesla and Panasonic have announced that they will be teaming up on batteries for the Tesla Roadster and the future Model S battery packs.

Tesla's JB Straubel said, "Our collaboration with Panasonic will accelerate the development of next generation EV cells, enabling Tesla to further improve our battery pack performance."

Panasonic is one of the largest producers of batteries in the world. Panasonic, however, will not be the exclusive provider of batteries to Tesla – Tesla will continue to source cells from a variety of sources.

Panasonic's Naoto Noguchi said, "Being selected by Tesla to provide cells for their current and next- generation EV battery pack is a tremendous validation of Panasonic's nickel-based chemistry and the extensive investments Panasonic continues to make in lithium ion R&D and production."

The Model S is the Tesla sports sedan that is set to hit the market sometime in 2011. When the vehicle was first announced in March 2009, Tesla claimed it would have a range of up to 300 miles and would be able to hit 60 in 5.5 seconds and carry seven passengers. The current Roadster managed to eke out a distance of 313 miles on a single charge in a test conducted in October of 2009.

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RE: Impressive...
By SoulBlighter on 1/8/2010 4:19:50 PM , Rating: 5
Their roadster is the reality to reach 300 miles on single charge and performing 0-60 under 4 sec. I do not see any reason why they can not do it same with Model S

RE: Impressive...
By Pirks on 1/8/2010 5:53:29 PM , Rating: 2
They can, but not for the half price of Tesla.

RE: Impressive...
By quiksilvr on 1/8/2010 8:02:22 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, yes they can. The Tesla Roadster has a lot of carbon fiber in the vehicle. The Model doesn't have nearly as much and also goes much slower.

RE: Impressive...
By Jedi2155 on 1/10/2010 3:43:53 AM , Rating: 2
They do it, only with reduced range though. Base model has a smaller range while the top end model with the 300 mile range I calculated to be around 80k+ when pricing was first announced (although source I'm not sure where anymore...)

RE: Impressive...
By Marlonsm on 1/8/2010 6:21:46 PM , Rating: 2
But the Model S is bigger and heavier. Also, I don't think it'll be as expensive as the Roadster.

RE: Impressive...
By xii on 1/8/2010 7:10:59 PM , Rating: 2
the model S will be less than 60k USD, the roadster is slightly more than 100k

RE: Impressive...
By Spuke on 1/9/2010 12:51:00 AM , Rating: 3
the model S will be less than 60k USD, the roadster is slightly more than 100k
Once again, the 300 mile range Model S will NOT be the one that costs $60k ($57,400 base price to be exact)!! There are different range models. From their website:

"Three battery pack options offer a range of 160, 230 or 300 miles per charge."
Click on the "Range" tab.

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