Tesla Model 3 electric cars will be equipped with batteries without cobalt

Tesla Model 3 electric cars will be equipped with batteries without cobalt

October 1, 2020 1 By autotimesnews

These batteries, known as LFPs, are cheaper to manufacture because they are cobalt free. This metal, used in the manufacture of batteries, is considered one of the most expensive.

The fact that the American manufacturer of electric cars is going to put cobalt-free batteries on their cars was talked about at the beginning of the year. True, there was no specificity then: Tesla only indicated its interest in this area.

Now it became known that the brand is close to implementing this plan. Special batteries may appear on Tesla’s Model 3 electric sedans, which roll off the assembly line of the brand’s plant in China. Official confirmation from the automaker should appear this week. In the meantime, it remains to be content with insider information.

The production of LFP batteries for Tesla electric cars will be handled by CATL, a leader in its field. This Chinese company has experience with this type of battery.

The main disadvantage of a cobalt-free battery is its low energy density. However, this disadvantage, as it turned out, can be quite successfully combated: the specialists allegedly were able to solve this problem.

It is known that the new battery will first be installed on the Tesla Model 3 in the Standard Range modification. Over time, the list of versions with a new battery may expand.

Earlier, AutoTimesNews said that an Estonian startup is working on graphene batteries with 15 seconds charging. This revolutionary battery also boasts a long cycle life. The new product was named SuperBattery.