Electric cars: a battery that lasts 2 million km ready for production

The Chinese giant CATL, also a partner of Tesla and other large manufacturers, says it is ready to start manufacturing a new lithium-ion battery with a life equivalent to 2 million kilometers or 16 years.

Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL). This name may not mean anything to you, but this Chinese industrialist is nevertheless one of the main suppliers of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. BMW , Honda, PSA , Tesla , Toyota and Volkswagen  are among its customers.

In an interview with Bloomberg , CATL CEO Zeng Yuqun announced that his company was ready to produce a battery capable of lasting 16 years and 2 million kilometers. ”  If someone places an order, we are ready to produce, ” said the manager.

No additional technical information is provided regarding capacity and autonomyof this new lithium-ion battery . But Bloomberg understands that the Tesla Model 3 currently produced in China will be the first to benefit. And this is where things get a little fuzzy …

Tesla works on its own batteries, with CATL

Indeed, we know that Tesla is looking to acquire its own battery technology to reduce its dependence on third-party suppliers and manage to lower production costs. The electric car maker is said to have developed a lithium-ion battery with a life of 1.6 million km, the result of a partnership with Dalhousie University in Canada. It would be integrated into the Tesla Model 3 produced and sold in China by the end of the year or beginning of 2021.

 But lo and behold, Tesla is also collaborating with CATL on several types of batteries with low cobalt content , or even totally devoid of this. metal. Regarding the battery that Zeng Yuqun talks about, it seems that it is not intended exclusively for Tesla. Could there be two types of competing long-life batteries from these two partners?

Astonishing Things should probably be clarified during Tesla Battery Day which is supposed to be held next month in the form of an online presentation followed later by a face-to-face event. It is on this occasion that Elon Musk is supposed to make big announcements in this field.