Apparently, Samsung intends to join the list of suppliers of new Tesla 4680 batteries. The South Korean company is reportedly working on setting up a pilot production line to test and validate batteries during this year. Electric.

The production line in question will be located at the Samsung SDI plant in Cheonan, South Korea. Its annual capacity will be below 1 GWh, but can be increased to 8-12 GWh per year. In any case, mass production at such capacities will not take place.

If Tesla finally gives Samsung the go-ahead as a 4680 battery supplier, the Asians’ intention will be move the production process to Malaysia; more specifically, the battery factory already installed in Seremban.

According to the aforementioned report, Samsung is not only working on the production of new batteries developed by Elon Musk’s company. also prepare version ordered by BMW which, like Tesla, is a cylinder with a diameter of 46 millimeters; however, the one destined for the German automaker is slightly shorter.

Samsung targets Tesla 4680 batteries and joins Panasonic and LG

It’s no coincidence that Samsung SDI is showing much of its interest in Tesla 4680 batteries. Two other companies are already working with the American electric vehicle manufacturer to meet expectations for the introduction of this new type of battery.

panasonic would invest $700 million this year to expand its manufacturing facilities in Japan to start mass production of them in 2023. In fact, the Japanese manufacturer shipped several samples of its 4680 to Tesla in early June as part of a pre-mass production process.

Meanwhile in recent weeks LG it has also invested heavily – $450 million – in adding 9 GWh of production capacity for these new batteries at one of its plants in Ochang, South Korea.

It is worth noting that Tesla already produces its own 4680 batteries and even already implemented them in Model Y Manufactured in Texas, USA. However, the plans of Elon Musk’s firm are quite ambitious, and it is expected to be adopted in other models, such as the delayed Cybertruck.

Tesla |  4680 batteries |  Samsung

Be that as it may, Americans know that they still depend on third parties to meet their expectations. Let’s not forget that 4680 batteries were introduced in Battery Day Tesla in September 2020. During his keynote, Elon Musk assured that these new batteries are five times denser and six times more powerful than the 2170, offering up to 15% more autonomy on their electric vehicles.

More suppliers, more batteries

For now, adding Samsung to the list of potential 4680 battery suppliers for Tesla makes sense. It makes words R. J. ScaringeCEO Rivianwho predicted that lack of battery could become a very serious problem in the near future as the demand for electric vehicles continues to grow.

“A slight imbalance in demand for semiconductors led to forced buying by some multinational corporations, which ended in a crisis that continues to affect many industries, especially the automotive industry. The same thing will happen to batteries, but exponentially more serious,” he said. this year Wall Street Magazine.

Source: Hiper Textual

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