So, what happens now?
Report says workers resorted to "slapping" battery components together by hand.
Panasonic supplies cylindrical batteries to Tesla, prismatics to Toyota.
Tesla will spread his responsibilities to existing employees.
This automated service kiosk is designed to improve customer experience. It offers off-hours drop-off and pick-up and eliminates waiting in line. A 90 day test trial is underway in Birch Run, Michigan.
Panasonic's Tesla connection raises intriguing possibilities.
Elon Musk has nothing but great things to say about the new 2170 battery cell.
Tesla offers another reason for the SolarCity deal to make sense.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk Tweeted out that Samsung will not be supplying cells for Tesla's EVs. But it will for Tesla Energy.
Tesla is reportedly in talks to widen its supply chain for lithium-ion batteries. Those 500,000 EVs won't build themselves in 2018.
Tesla Motors may be enlisting more firms to complement Panasonic's efforts to meet lithium-ion battery demand.
Rather than its usual partnership with Panasonic, Tesla is using cells from LG Chem for the upgrades to the Roadster's battery pack.
Panasonic currently holds the highest market share in the EV battery industry, but LG Chem is rapidly making deals with automakers that could soon give it that crown.
Tesla Motors' Gigafactory will get hundreds of employees from lithium-ion battery maker Panasonic Corp.
With the consumer good's industry getting increasingly competitive, Japan's well known consumer brands like Sony are putting a bigger emphasis on supplying parts to automakers for the chance of higher profit margins.
To paraphrase Dr. Evil from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, why spend a trillion when you could spend ... billions? That's what Panasonic is saying about its investment in Tesla's gigafactory, though there's a catch. The billions are in Japanese yen.
The first of perhaps 'hundreds' of gigafactories is now one step closer to reality: Tesla and Panasonic have announced their official agreement to work together on the gigafactory. The two companies have worked together for many years on electric vehicles, but this new deal takes the partnership to a whole new level.