Every other day we are getting news regarding Tesla electric batteries. The company is getting close to its aim of producing cheap and efficient batteries for its electric cars. Tesla aims to make low-cost and long-lasting batteries so that it can further reduce the cost of its EVs and bring them on par with gasoline cars.
According to the latest news, Tesla is trying to make cheaper battery cells for its Tesla Model 3 fleet in China.
A few months ago, we reported Tesla would be using Prismatic battery cells developed by Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL) for the Model 3 standard plus variant.
Recently, we also reported that Tesla patented a new battery cell that will use impurity-free electrodes. These new battery cells will have more than 1000 charging cycles for a more extended range.
Now Reuters is saying that the new million-mile battery is being developed in collaboration with CATL and Prof. jeff Dahn at Tesla’s research center. Dahn is the same person behind the impurity-free electrodes.
Tesla’s New Battery Will Reduce Cost Of Tesla’s Electric Cars
CATL will be developing these electric batteries using the technology provided by Prof. Dahn. According to a Reuters source, CATL will supply a new battery to Tesla for the Chinese oriented Model 3.
CATL plans to develop an electric battery without the use of Cobalt, which is the most expensive metal in the production of lithium iron phosphate batteries.
Furthermore, a nickel-manganese-cobalt cell whose cathode is made up of 50% nickel and 20% cobalt is being developed by CATL.
It seems that most of the research work on cost reduction, and efficiency improvement is revolving around the Chinese market. Maybe it’s the availability of different varieties of cheap electric vehicles in China that’s worrying Elon.
It’s not hidden that Tesla has invested significant capital in China. Tesla is also rigorously researching electric batteries. It’s quite clear that these batteries will first deploy for the Chinese fleet.
If this experiment works, then eventually these batteries will be used in electric vehicles manufactured in the US and other regions.