Tesla is currently looking for partners to produce its new battery cell, including Korean LG Chem. The 4680, that’s its name, will be used in the Model Y, but especially in the Cybertruck and the Semi.
Since September 2020, when Tesla presented its 4680 cell, the company has been considering sharing its production. Besides Panasonic, which is Tesla’s other official supplier, LG Chem is now reportedly in the running.
The Korean manufacturer has seen some turbulence recently with Hyundai batteries. The massive recall orchestrated on the Kona and Ioniq will cost him half a billion euros. But the alliance with Tesla, started around the Model 3, could be strengthened.
According to a source cited by Reuters, LG could produce the California firm’s 4680 cells in a new US plant. This would supply the cells to the Gigafactory in Berlin, which could therefore concentrate on the production of Model Ys for the European market.
LG has yet to develop a battery of this type, but is not worried about its ability to adapt to the specifications of the Palo Alto group. The 4680 is indeed a cylindrical battery with a much larger size than the old Tesla cells. The two firms did not want to respond to requests from Reuters on the subject.