Tesla shares responsibility for global rechargeable battery shortage
The production of cylindrical battery cells in the Tesla Gigafactory plant in Nevada seems to be hindered by a lack of power supply and extreme personnel shortage. As a result, the electric car manufacturer lacks the urgently needed cells for the Tesla Model 3. Due to their own production bottleneck, Tesla have recently bought up the world’s rechargeable battery supply. This unforeseen high demand on the global market has led to significant capacity problems.
According to a report by the South Korean “ETNews”, Panasonic were forced to supply their partner Tesla with cells from Japan. Following Tesla and Panasonic’s acquisition of all available cells on the market, other businesses have faced difficulties covering their own demand. Initially, it was planned to supply a large-scale production of 500,000 electric cars per year with low-cost cells from 2018 in Tesla’s Gigafactory.
Meanwhile, following an update by Tesla owner Elon Musk, the production is now said to be picking up pace: 2,500 vehicles a week are expected to be produced in the first quarter of 2018.
Panasonic have indicated the launch of a second Gigafactory in China to produce a different battery cell type, alongside the Gigafactory already in joint operation with Tesla in the US.