Tesla EV battery research breaks one million miles, and the implications are huge | RenewEconomy

Tesla EV battery research breaks one million miles, and the implications are huge

Tesla is one step closer to producing a one million mile battery with applications from “robo-taxis,” to vehicle-to-grid, to long haul trucking.


The Driven

Tesla is one step closer to producing a battery that can last one million miles (1.6 million km), in a bid to make CEO and founder Elon Musk’s plan to use Model 3s as “robo-taxis” economically viable.

It’s a bold plan, not least because Musk has said there will a million such robo-taxis on the road by 2020.

In April, Musk said that while the Model 3 is designed to last a million miles, its current batteries are not and significant improvements were needed to reduce battery wear and the consequent financial costs – particularly for an electric taxi that might drive hundreds of miles – or kilometres – a day.

A week later, at an invite-only autonomy day held by the Californian EV maker at Palo Alto in April, Musk said that Tesla had something in the pipeline that could achieve this milestone.

“The new battery pack that is probably going to production next year is designed explicitly for 1 million miles of operation,” Musk said.

In a paper published on Friday in the Journal of Electrochemistry, a team that includes Canadian academic Jeff Danh from the University of Dalhousie, and who also leads Tesla’s battery research group, said it had singled out a type of battery cell that could handle the demanding conditions of long-term day-in, day-out, battery usage by taxis.

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  1. Shilo 10 months ago

    Musk is not often 100% accurate with things. But this would be good and will become reality and better over the years.

  2. Alan Wilson 10 months ago

    Good good … this group is moving very fast … there doing there testing now this paper is from earlier in the year but just been public released .. tesla is moving to production next year and have the cars and house battery packs to put them into .. and there is 1 or 2 other companies that are working on similar batterys.. for other bev battery manufacturers they will be moving in this direction over the next 5 years … then after this there will be solid state batterys which is just starting to come out of research laboratories…

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