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Panasonic announces its Gigafactory investment

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Jun 21, 2012
From Panasonic Will Bet Big on Gigafactory - WSJ :

LAS VEGAS— Panasonic Corp. President Kazuhiro Tsuga said the company will spend up to $1.6 billion on an advanced battery factory with electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc., an investment it hopes to cement its future in automotive electronics.

The Japanese consumer electronics giant and Tesla are jointly funding an up to $5 billion battery plant in Nevada. Panasonic hasn’t previously disclosed the full size of its investment. It will be several years before that factory is humming at full steam, and for Panasonic the wait will be costly because its lithium-ion battery business has struggled to make money.

“We are sort of waiting on the demand from Tesla,” Mr. Tsuga said in an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. Tesla’s vehicle growth projections are huge, but low gasoline prices have damped overall demand for electric vehicles.