Maxwell brings new technologies, plus Panasonic is losing exclusivity
Batteries produced will be sold to various automakers
Tesla showed a profit, but battery partner's costs were driven way up.
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.