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Gasoline engine before the end? Tesla boss Elon Musk is to develop a "million-mile battery"


According to a report, Tesla is developing a battery that is supposed to make electric cars cheaper - the battery should have a lifespan of one million miles.

According to a report, Tesla is developing a battery that is supposed to make electric cars cheaper - the battery should have a lifespan of one million miles.

  • According to a report, Tesla is working on an extremely economical battery for electric cars .
  • The Elon Musik group wants to win the competition with petrol engines .
  • Initially, the Tesla main plant receives a visit from the police because of the corona requirements .

Palo Alto - The automaker Tesla * is currently developing a battery that will last a million miles (1.6 million kilometers). At the end of 2020 it should be available for the Chinese versions of the "Tesla Model 3", an electrically powered car. 

In addition, the "million miles battery" , as it is now dubbed in English-language media, should be cheaper than conventional car batteries - because little or no cobalt is used in the production. The Reuters news agency first reported on Tesla's plans.

Battery Day

still isn't here

But meanwhile, Reuters is helping us connect a few dots. Check out our summary of their report including relevant clips from our @elonmusk interview here:

- Third Row Tesla Podcast (@thirdrowtesla) May 18, 2020

Tesla's ambition is to compete with traditional energy suppliers and become a kind of energy supplier itself, I reports, citing his sources. In the meantime, more than one million of the Group's electric vehicles are on the roads worldwide , which are connected to the power grid .

Millions of miles from Tesla: what are the electricity costs per kilowatt hour?

Tesla's new super battery was developed in collaboration with China's Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd ( CATL ). The million-mile battery to be launched first in the country is part of a larger strategy for the automaker to position itself in the market.

And what are the electricity costs of the Tesla million-mile battery? According to Reuters , the prices for the cobalt-free lithium iron phosphate battery packs are less than $ 80 per kilowatt hour, and the cost of the battery cells is less than $ 60 per kilowatt hour. The cost of the low-cobalt manganese-cobalt battery packs is around $ 100 per kilowatt hour.

Competition with petrol engines: Tesla wants to crack an important brand with a super battery

Industry experts say that $ 100 per kilowatt hour is the magic limit at which electric vehicles compete with gasoline to cover their costs. Tesla wanted to “overturn the financial bill, according to which the purchase of an electric car was previously more expensive for customers than the purchase of a vehicle with an internal combustion engine .

Corana crisis: police over pandemic conditions in Tesla factory

Meanwhile,  the police searched Tesla's main plant  in Fremont, near San Francisco . The reason: CEO Elon Musk  had announced the breach of the local Corona requirements * . A police officer therefore wanted to get an idea of how to comply with precautionary measures such as the use of masks , according to a report by the Bloomberg financial service . The findings should be submitted to the Alameda County Health Department.

A few days ago, Elon Musk * announced that it would disregard the corona measures and open the factory. County officials do not intend to allow production to resume until next week if the electric car manufacturer adheres to safety precautions for its workers. Until then, Tesla could only prepare to restart production.

Tesla boss Elon Musk can look forward to black numbers

The health agency had already warned that the police would work to check compliance. The police know the company and can estimate how far Tesla uses the factory, said the spokeswoman.

The factory in Fremont is of paramount importance to Tesla: by far the most vehicles are built there, while production in the new second plant in China is just beginning. The manufacturer only recently managed to make it into the black after a long series of high losses * and wanted to exceed 500,000 deliveries this year.

frs with material from dpa

* is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network.

Rubric list picture: © AFP / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI

Source: merkur

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