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Published on June 7th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan

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Tesla Battery Supply To Ease Up Within A Year

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June 7th, 2014 by Zachary Shahan
 

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Tesla battery supply is still constraining production, but is projected to ease up within a year.

On a conference call towards the end of 2013, Tesla Chairman, CEO, Chief Product Architect, yadda yadda yadda Elon Musk noted that production was being held back primarily by limited battery cell supply, but that it would be clearing up in the second quarter half of 2014 thanks to a renewed partnership with Panasonic for a massive heap of battery cells. Maybe I’m remembering wrong, because I had the impression that supply would be close to demand by the summer… or at least the fall or winter. Apparently, I remembered this wrong, as I thought it was supposed to be cleared up closer to the middle of 2014.

In the call earlier this week, Elon noted that supply would slowly get up to demand in the coming year. In other words, it’s still a long way off, but progress is being made.

I understand this probably isn’t Tesla’s fault. But it’s disappointing nonetheless. This of course means that people have to wait longer to get their Teslas, which means that it will be longer before other people are exposed to these wonderful electric cars and maybe even electric cars in general. Furthermore, it means that electric car demand will look lower than it actually is, if you go by electric car sales… which is pretty standard, especially for those who don’t follow the electric car industry closely.

Let’s hope the “within a year” estimate is on target at least. If battery supply doesn’t smoothen out quickly, it could surely delay the Tesla Model X (further delay it, that is) and the “sort of affordable” Tesla that is supposed to come out after that. Here’s hoping the situation improves faster than expected… or, at the least, not slower than expected!

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



  • Marat Goferman

    He always said second half of the year and not second quarter.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      OK, I’ll adjust my text. I tried to dig up that statement and couldn’t find it. Thanks!

  • Matt

    I guess Panasonic didn’t expect the growth. But then again sounds like they are dragging their feet on the giga factory.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Yeah. Wonder how that planning process goes at Panasonic. Seems like the leadership is a bit too cautious.

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