Samsung shares take Rs 3,870 crore hit after Elon Musks tweet
Recent rumors suggested that Samsung was going to provide the battery pack for the Tesla Model 3. However, they were all put to an end after a tweet from Elon Musk effectively making things very clear. The significance of this tweet, however, is in its aftermath Samsung's shares went down by Rs 3,870 crore, while Panasonic's shot up by 3 per cent or Rs 5,338 crore.
S and X cells are also Panasonic - Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 8, 2016
The tweet stated that Tesla's deal with Panasonic is an exclusive one. Musk went one step further and confirmed that the Model S and Model X would also feature only Panasonic battery cells. Tesla has long used Panasonic battery cells for its cars, but they weren't exclusive partners (the Tesla Roadster used battery cells from LG Chem).
The rumors aren't completely unfounded though Samsung is currently supplying batteries to Tesla, not for its EVs, but for Tesla Energy.
The Model 3 is Tesla's entry-level electric vehicle and was revealed in early 2016. Prices start at $35,000 (Rs 23.37 lakh) with a release date slated for late 2017 in the US, with full production commencing in 2018. This price is also exclusive of the government incentives, so expect the effective price to be a fair bit lower. Upon its reveal, the Tesla received over 3,50,000 bookings for the Model 3. Tesla plans to enter the Indian market before the launch of the Model 3.