Reuters: Panasonic Considering New EV Battery Plant in Oklahoma 


Panasonic may build a new battery production facility in the U.S. to help address the increasing demand for electric vehicles.

The new plant could be built in Oklahoma, Panasonic said in a statement to Reuters.

The battery maker has already entered into an agreement with the state, outlining both eligibility and terms of potential incentives the Japanese company could receive as a part of the state’s Large-scale Economic Activity and Development (LEAD) Act. This would give Panasonic access to nearly $700 million in capital investment rebates.

Nothing else has been agreed upon currently, but according to another report from The Oklahoman, Panasonic is requesting an additional $245 million for community and infrastructure upgrades, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said. These upgrades would include anything from daycares to fire stations and other additions that would likely put the deal “over the finish line.”

Panasonic is considering building the new $5 billion, 5-million-square-foot facility in Pryor, OK.

The plant is set to supplement several companies in the U.S. hoping to take advantage of the Inflation Reduction Act that incentivizes companies to use U.S.-built battery packs and structure EV production domestically. BMW and Stellantis have had discussions with Panasnoic about potential facilities in the U.S.

Panasonic also relies on the EV companies reaching out to potentially make deals for a battery supply deal. In February, the company said it would cut its 2023 outlook by 12.5% after missing earnings expectations, and detailed how it would lean on automotive supply deals to help regain its footing.

A presentation during the company’s earnings call earlier this year said Panasonic would “focus on North America market where we can leverage advantages (high capacity) with established strong business foundation; achieve profit growth by expanding sales of 2170 cells and commercializing 4680 cells.”

Strong partnerships with automotive companies are a key factor in Panasonic’s growth moving forward. Its long-standing relationship with Tesla indicates it can handle large EV supply contracts and be a stable partner for companies looking to ramp up EV production.

Panasonic said last July it will build an EV battery plant in Kansas to help supply cells to Tesla as it grows electric vehicle manufacturing in North America.

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