What Is Tesla’s ‘Million Mile’ Battery and When Will It Be Revealed?

Elon Musk has teased recent information about Tesla’s Battery Day occasion after suggesting it will likely be “one of the most exciting days” within the firm’s historical past.

On Twitter, the billionaire boss of the electrical automobile firm stated the reveal—anticipated to incorporate affirmation of a “million mile battery”—might happen in two elements, with an preliminary webcast subsequent month adopted by an in-person occasion later within the 12 months.

Musk suggested that beneath present situations the beforehand steered timeframe of May must be pushed again or attendance could be low, however agreed with one commenter who complained that streamed webcasts are “lame.”

“People have forgotten how much in-person events matter! Also, there’s a lot to see. It’s not just a presentation,” Musk tweeted, fueling anticipation in regards to the new battery that’s poised to supply one million miles of whole use (not vary on a single cost).

For months, hypothesis has swirled about Tesla’s subsequent steps by way of vitality tech, which shouldn’t solely increase battery lifespan however decrease car price.

Last November, Musk confirmed the corporate’s electrical pickup, the Cybertruck, could be the final product revealed “for a while,” noting that Tesla could be specializing in some “mostly unexpected” bulletins in 2020. Last month, he stated the subsequent occasion may very well be solely based mostly round batteries, noting there was a “lot to talk about.”

Reuters revealed final week that Tesla is at present planning to introduce a low-cost, long-life battery in its Model 3 sedan in China later this 12 months or early in 2021.

According to the newswire, the transfer will convey the price of the electrical automobiles nearer to its gasoline rivals and the batteries could have “cobalt-free” chemistries.

Musk said in 2018 the next-gen batteries ought to use zero cobalt, which is pricey and infrequently mined in situations that violate human rights.

During a Tesla occasion final 12 months that centered on the automobiles’ self-driving capabilities, Musk referenced next-gen batteries, stating that new packs are “probably going to production next year” and might be “designed explicitly for one million miles of operation.”

Reuters reported the battery tech was developed by China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd., and a workforce of “academic experts” recruited by Musk.

They included Jeff Dahn of Dalhousie University, who beforehand led analysis indicating {that a} one-million mile battery was possible, backing up Musk’s claims.

The newest breakthrough, sources informed Reuters, is because of “chemical additives, materials and coatings” that assist batteries retailer extra vitality for longer durations of time. The precise specs of the Tesla “million mile” battery stay unknown—for now.

Reuters reported it’s anticipated variations of the battery will ultimately be launched into extra markets, together with North America, however timescales are additionally a thriller.

According to Tesla’s web site, the Model 3 presents a full-charge vary of 348 miles, with battery modules Musk says can final between 300,000 to 500,000 miles.

When the CEO was requested in regards to the Battery Day occasion throughout the Q1 2020 earnings name he decidedly saved his playing cards near his chest—however promised massive.

“We don’t want to pre-empt Battery Day,” Musk stated on the decision. “We want to leave the exciting news for that day, but there will be a lot of exciting news to tell.”

“And I think it would be one of the most exciting days in Tesla’s history and we’re just trying to figure out the right timing for that,” the CEO continued.

He added: “We think probably the right timing will be the—probably the third week of May. Not giving a firm date, but we think that probably that’s the right timing. And depending upon what we’re allowed to do, it will either be in California or Texas.”

Tesla has been contacted for remark by Newsweek.

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Electric automobiles of U.S. automaker Tesla stand exterior the Hangelsberg neighborhood heart throughout a Tesla recruitment and employment info night on February 5, 2020 in Grunheide, Germany.
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