Chinese firm makes million-mile vehicle battery
Tesla’s battery supplier has made a breakthrough in its power technology that could be a game changer to electric vehicle roll-out.
The announcement is significant as battery life has been one of the biggest stumbling blocks in further uptake of EV adoption. A longer battery lifespan also means that they have the potential to be reused in a second vehicle which would lower costs and make them more attractive to customers.
Chinese company, Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd (CATL), that currently supplies Tesla, BMW, Daimler, Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo, say they are ready to produce the battery that can power a vehicle for 1.24 million miles across a 16 year lifespan. This is roughly the equivalent of making more than 400 journeys from coast-to-coast in the US. Currently, the average EV battery’s lifespan is around 200,000 miles, according to Consumer Reports. The new battery reportedly costs about 10% more than EVs’ current batteries.
In February, CATL signed a battery supply agreement with Elon Musk’s Tesla, which also has a deal with Japan’s Panasonic Corp. China is the largest market in EVs and Tesla is currently building Model 3 vehicles from its £1.5 billion Shanghai factory.
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