As part of the announcement, Panasonic said that it will increase the energy density of cells produced at Gigafactory Nevada by 5% and the total output by 10%.
Now we are learning more about the new cells that are about to be produced at the factory.
Celina Mikolajczak, a former longtime battery expert at Tesla and now vice president of battery technology at Panasonic Energy of North America, gave a talk for Stanford StorageX International Symposium and released more information about the battery cell:
She said that Panasonic is currently (as of October 16) converting its production lines at Gigafactory Nevada to produce the new cells.
But she added that they not only have 5% higher energy density — they also have “excellent fast charge performance.”
Right now we are converting lines to increase energy density. It’s a great new cell that is going to be ready soon. It got excellent fast charge performance with that increased energy density which is really exciting.
She didn’t elaborate on when the new cells are going to start shipping out to Tesla, but it is either already happening or about to happen soon.
Gigafactory Nevada produces battery cells for Tesla’s Model 3 and Model Y.