Tesla has just taken a big step forward in realizing CEO Elon Musk’s ambitious plans for the large-scale production of lithium-ion battery cells at his new Nevada Gigafactory.
The cell manufactured with Panasonic is the the 2170 cell, the most economical and energy dense it has in the world.
Tesla has set itself an ambitious goal: to produce 150 GWh of battery cells per year – enough batteries for 1.5 million electric vehicles. The short-term goal is to produce 35 GWh of lithium batteries per year by 2018, practically like the rest of the manufacturers combined, so that it will have 50% of the global market in its hands.
Tesla also plans to build 500,000 electric cars per year by 2020. There are over 400,000 reservations for the Model 3, so demand is very high.
The “2170 lithium battery” has a cylindrical format and dimensions of 21 mm in diameter and 70 mm in length. These cells will be used in Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2.
Batteries for Model 3, Tesla’s first “cheap” electric car, priced at $ 35,000 – which is expected to hit the assembly line this year, will be ready for production in the second quarter.
The Tesla Gigafactory is under construction in several phases, it is currently 30% complete, when completed it will be the tallest building in the world.
A second Gigafactory is planned for Europe, the location remains to be determined.
Tesla and Panasonic will hire several thousand employees for this project, at peak production, the Gigafactory will employ 6,500 people, creating 20,000 to 30,000 additional indirect jobs in the surrounding area. Currently, 2,900 workers are already working there.
The efforts of Tesla and Panasonic will double global battery production in one year. A great boost for the definitive deployment of electric cars and batteries for storing renewable energies at home.