Tesla Motors is rumored to be in final negotiations with Samsung Electronics’ SDI division to become the battery supplier for its upcoming Model X.
It’s been well known that Panasonic has been the sole provider for the Tesla 60kWh and 85kWh lithium-ion battery packs, but that may soon change. Reuters reports that a source close to the matter claims that the battery deal between Tesla Motors and Samsung SDI is ”90 percent complete” and near final agreement. Part of the contract requires Tesla to also purchase electronic components such as touch screen displays and other devices from Samsung Corp. in order for the deal to come to fruition.
Over 22,000 Model S will be sold this year and this figure is expected to more than double in 2014 as global demand ramps up for the Model S and the upcoming Model X crossover. Tesla’s making a strategic play to bring on Samsung SDI (makers of battery technology for the all-electric BMW i3 and the Fiat 500e) as the second battery supplier in order to drive competition between the two electronic giants.
Whichever battery supplier is ultimately chosen for the Model X, we sure hope that they’ll be the one to incorporate some sort of “metal-air technology” into its design.