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    Report: Panasonic not sure about Tesla Gigafactory commitment; Texas dealers wary, too
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    Just about the entire US southwest is ready to jump into the financial bed with Tesla Motors as the electric-vehicle maker looks for a place to put its massive "gigafactory." But lithium-ion battery maker Panasonic? Not so much, says Bloomberg News. Panasonic President Kazuhiro Tsuga spoke to a ...

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    Official: Tesla expands li-ion battery deal with Panasonic, Supercharger network
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    Tesla Motors is on the move today, announcing an expanded deal with Panasonic for more and better lithium-ion automotive batteries as well as progress on the US Supercharger network. To go along with the Supercharger news – which is all about the West Coast – Tesla is taking a ...

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    Read This: Tesla on pace to use more batteries than computer industry by 2017
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    Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk is on a crusade to, among other things, rid drivers of the need to consume liquid fuel for their automotive transportation. Sounds easy, right? But it's the lithium-ion battery cell supply situation that's another story altogether. See, Tesla is ramping up production ...

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    Report: Tesla turning to Samsung SDI for batteries, Panasonic pumps up the volume
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    Tesla Motors has, over its short life, sourced its batteries pretty much exclusively from Panasonic. Now that sales of the Model S are blowing up – expected to be in excess of 21,000 units this year, with production ability increasing to potentially double that – and the company's ...

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    Report: Toyota upping lithium-ion battery production 6x for introduction to Prius family
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    There are already lithium-ion batteries in some Toyota vehicles (the Prius Plug-in Hybrid, the RAV4 EV and the European Prius+, for example), but the company's standard bearer – the non-plug Prius hybrid – still relies on nickel metal hydride (NiMH) cells. But, the future belongs to ...

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    Report: Li-ion battery makers accused of price-fixing in lawsuit
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    Hell hath no fury like a mobile-phone owner scorned. In this case, LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony are among lithium-ion battery makers that have been subject to at least 10 class-action lawsuits alleging that the manufacturers engaged in price-fixing practices to keep prices up, the New Jersey ...

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    Study: CNG vehicle sales will grow, global hybrid sales will grow more by 2015
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    Saying that sales of hybrid and compressed natural-gas (CNG) vehicles will grow during the next few years is a bit of a "dog bites man" story, but at least one firm is willing to put some specific numbers on the tale. Consumer research firm TechNavio is doing the honors, giving specific ...

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    Two Wheels: Suzuki e-Let's electric scooter coming to Japan, Panasonic supplies drivetrain
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    Suzuki has been testing its e-Let's electric scooter around its hometown of Hamamatsu for the past year and is now ready to send it out into the real world. Or, at least, the Japanese portion of the real world. While it doesn't have the kind of range that would prompt you to pen a letter home ...

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    Tesla Motors, Panasonic finalize lithium-ion cell deal for Model S
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    Tesla Motors today announced it has secured a deal to get lithium-ion cells from Japan's Panasonic for its upcoming Model S sedan, a move Tesla says will allow it to keep its sedan priced as promised. Terms of the deal call for Panasonic to supply Tesla with enough li-ion cells for 80,000 Model ...

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    Panasonic opens fuel cell research center in Germany
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    Following the success of its fuel cell development in Japan, Panasonic announced that it will establish the Panasonic Fuel Cell Development Office Europe in Langen, Germany. The facility, located within Panasonic's European research and development center, will initially focus on developing ...

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    Report: Panasonic to increase li-ion battery production in China
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    According to the Japanese newspaper Nikkei, Panasonic will ramp up its lithium-ion battery production in China in an effort to reduce manufacturing costs by approximately 30 percent. Panasonic wants to retain its position among the world's top lithium-ion battery manufacturers through cost ...

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    10,000 vending machine/plug-in vehicle charging stations coming to Japan by 2012
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    Japan's fascination with vending machines is likely unmatched. As of 2008, 5.5 million vending machines were installed across the island nation and those machines, unlike the ones here in the U.S., don't merely dispense candy bars and soda pop. Some of Japan's vending machines sell exotic items ...

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    Panasonic invests $30 million in Tesla Motors *UPDATE
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    Tesla Motors is about to get another stakeholder partner. Reuters is reporting today that Panasonic, which is already working with Tesla to provide lithium-ion cells for the Model S, will invest in the California automaker. Citing the Nikkei business daily, Reuters says Panasonic, "aims to work ...

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    "Lithium-ion battery prices may tumble 19 percent in 2010" (or how 'bout 25%?)
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    According to a report from Bloomberg, a looming price cut stemming from oversupply in the rechargeable battery industry, may make electric vehicles more affordable, but could drive small-scale lithium-ion battery producers right out of the market. Panasonic Corp. and Samsung SDI Co., the world's ...

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    Panasonic introduces CO2-reducing, low-cost alkali metal catalyst for diesels
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    Panasonic aims to purify exhaust gas from diesel engines in the most environmentally friendly way possible with its newly-designed alkali metal-based catalyst for decomposing particulate matter. According to Panasonic, the alkali metal compound accelerates the oxidation of particulate matter ...

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    Panasonic delivers first 3.1Ah lithium ion cells to Tesla
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    Tesla Motors has never officially announced who supplies the lithium ion cells used in the Roadster's battery pack, but it does have an agreement with Panasonic to supply cells for the Model S. Chief Technology Officer JB Straubel was in Japan this week and received the first batch of new lithium ...

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    Tesla Motors and Panasonic working together on battery tech
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    While Tesla Motors still won't say they will be putting Panasonic cells in the Model S battery packs (come on guys, 'fess up!), they have announced they are working with the Japanese mega-corp. In a new press release, the two companies divulged that they will "collaborate to develop ...

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    Panasonic working on even higher capacity 18650 LiIon cells
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    Panasonic just started manufacturing of its latest 3.1 Ah 18650 format lithium ion cells earlier this month but the Japanese company is already hard at work on its next-generation cells. In 2012, it plans to start production of cells with 3.4 Ah output and the following year it is planning 4.0 ...

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    Panasonic to build home use lithium ion battery in 2011
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    With the various tax incentives available, there is an increasing interest among homeowners in incorporating some sort of renewable energy system to help get partially or completely off the grid. The problem is that unless you live adjacent to a hot spring that you can use for geothermal, the ...

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    Panasonic starts production of more powerful lithium ion cells
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    Tesla Model S – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Last week, Panasonic launched production of new, more powerful lithium ion cells at a factory in Japan. The new cells are of the same 18650 format used for laptop batteries and the Tesla Roadster. The new cells have an output of 3.1 Ah ...

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