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[Updated] Tesla Model 3 batteries will be made by Panasonic, Musk squashes Samsung SDI rumors

Yesterday, news reports said Tesla may be close to a deal to use battery cells from Samsung SDI in its cars. Overnight, Elon Musk tweeted a denial that scotched those reports.

Elon Musk took to twitter to confirm that Tesla Model 3 batteries will be supplied by Panasonic, squashing rumors that the company might be negotiating with Samsung SDI as a competing supplier. Media outlets noted that Japanese-based The Nikkei had reported a large quantity of Samsung SDI batteries had been delivered to Tesla’s development facility in California fueling speculation that Tesla is evaluating Samsung products for possible use at a later time.

A confidential source told Bloomberg that Samsung SDI is in talks with Tesla to provide batteries for its electric cars. That source, who asked to remain unidentified, indicated the two companies were likely to agree on a business arrangement, although nothing has been finalized as of yet. The report sent shares of Samsung SDI up more than 8% in trading yesterday.

Updated: Musk confirms that Samsung SDI will be providing battery cells for Tesla Energy

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