Panasonic, Tesla to build big U.S. battery plant


The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

©2021 GPlusMedia Inc.

Login to comment

Build it near new Bridgestone plant, Aiken.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I wish it were a couple years ago. Maybe they would have acquired A123 Battery for pennies on the dollar instead of China. Another technology boost for China. And US taxpayer loss.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

I am encouraged by this news. This is the sort of thing we need, if we are ever to reverse global warming.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

One thing though: the battery packs being built at this plant may NOT be the current lithium-ion technology battery packs we're familiar with found on cellphones and other portable electronic devices. It may be a new generation of dry-electrode lithium-ion batteries that may use graphene sheets as part of its construction, which may result in far higher storage density, making it possible to increase the per charge range of Tesla automobiles by 100% or more.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Raymond Chuang

I don't think Panasonic retains the patent and Sekisui Chemicals announced recently that it will take them until 2016 to provide commercial version of the graphene sheet partation batteries.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Nevada, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and California are in the running.


It seems that new plant will be in warm/hot state. Not in Northern location. Land costs in So. Calif. are very expensive. So, one of other states will capture this bonanza business. Which one of these four have no business income tax???

0 ( +0 / -0 )


The Reno, Nevada site is the farthest along, as Tesla has already cleared the land and mostly completed the construction pad for a facility there. At this point, it's up to the governor and the state legislature.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites