Panasonic Energy to establish a lithium-ion battery plant in Kansas, USA
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Panasonic Energy to establish a lithium-ion battery plant in Kansas, USA.

Panasonic will produce the 4680 cells for Tesla at the Kansas plant. The plant could create up to 4,000 new jobs in the area.

Panasonic Energy Co., Ltd., a Panasonic Group company, has announced that it will establish a Lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Kansas in the US.

The state of Kansas has approved an Attracting Powerful Economic Expansion (APEX) state incentive application submitted by Panasonic Energy.

Panasonic will invest approx $4 billion to develop this plant in De Soto, Kansas. This plant will drive significant economic activity and opportunities for the local economy and could create up to 4,000 new jobs.

The upcoming plant will produce the all-new 4680 cells for Tesla. In June 2022, Panasonic shipped the cell prototypes to Tesla for testing and announced that Panasonic is ready for 4680 cylindrical cell production.

The 4680 cylindrical cells are designed by Tesla for its next-generation electric vehicles. Currently, Tesla manufactures the 4680 cells and uses them in its new Model Y produced at Giga Texas. Tesla has partnered with Panasonic to produce 4680 cells to meet the growing demand.

Kazuo Tadanobu, President and CEO of Panasonic Energy, said: With the increased electrification of the automotive market, expanding battery production in the US is critical to help meet demand. Given our leading technology and depth of experience, we aim to continue driving the growth of the lithium-ion battery industry and accelerating towards a net-zero emissions future.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly said: This project will be transformative for the Kansas economy, providing high-quality, high-tech jobs while bringing a new industry to the state that is forging a more sustainable future. This is a significant milestone for Kansas that is sure to drive economic growth and development.

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