For those who don’t know, Panasonic is one of the biggest supplier of lithium ion batteries used in electric cars. Well, it appears that the company is set to became even bigger as it just won a four-year contract to supply cells to Tesla for its Model S and Model X electric cars, a deal that may generate around $7 billion.
In this deal, Panasonic will supply 2 billion lithium-ion battery cells to Tesla through 2017. A big number if we take a look that the 200 million units that the Japanese company shipped for Tesla in the past two years.
The new Tesla Model X crossover will arrive in late 2014, but until then Tesla plans to sell 21,000 this year. Next year, the company expects to sell around 10,000 units only in Germany. In the Netherlands the Tesla Model S surpassed the Volkswagen Golf.
Tesla Model S, the first completely electric vehicle, is a revolution in automotive engineering. Mixing performance, safety, and proficiency, it has raised the world's expectations for the vehicle of the 21st century with the highest conceivable safety ratings, the longest range of any electric car, and over-the-air software updates that incessantly enhance it.
Produced on the Tesla stage, the battery's location on the floor allows Tesla Model S to have an extremely low center of gravity, enormously diminishing the danger of rollover while simultaneously improving handling and performance. Without an engine, Tesla Model S has a crumple zone significantly bigger than other performance cars to assimilate the energy of a front end impact.
Tesla Model S is one of the most secure vehicles on the road. A big chunk of its safety is owed to the exclusive electric drivetrain that sits underneath the vehicle. Model S has a low center of gravity, reducing the chance of a rollover. Model S's safety record is demonstrated by its NHTSA and Euro NCAP 5-star safety rating along with setting a record of the least probability of injury to occupants when tried in the United States.
With standard dynamic safety highlights including collision warning, automatic emergency braking, path takeoff warning, blind spot detection, and optional convenience features like traffic-aware cruise control, autopark, autosteer, and summon, Tesla Model S remains to be the most secure vehicle on the road.