Tesla Announces Sale of New Model 3 with Cheaper Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries

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Tesla has filed with the Chinese government for approval to sell a new version of the Model 3 with cheaper lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries.

From the start, Tesla adopted its own version of the high energy density NCA battery cell for its electric vehicles, which went against most of the industry that uses NCM cells.

Reports indicate that Tesla is switching to NCM battery cells for its Chinese Model 3 vehicles built at Gigafactory Shanghai.

The vehicles built in Shanghai are the first Tesla vehicles without battery cells manufactured by Panasonic.

Tesla has contracted with LG Chem and CATL to manufacture the batteries for vehicles under construction at its new plant.

Earlier this year we learned that they could even use CATL’s lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries, which are much less popular in the auto industry and mainly used in some Chinese electric vehicles due to its lower energy density and cost.

Tesla has now applied to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology for approval of a new Model 3 equipped with LFP batteries in the latest batch of vehicles released in companies and manufacturing products. Departmental motor vehicles:


Based on the record, the specifications for Model 3 have not changed with the new LFP batteries.

One advantage of LFP batteries is that they do not use cobalt, which is an expensive and sometimes controversial mineral.

Tesla has talked about phasing out cobalt in its batteries, and its NCA battery cells already use less cobalt than most other chemically similar cells.

The main drawback of LFP batteries is their lower energy density, but CATL, which would be Tesla’s supplier, has improved the density and longevity of LFP energy.

LFP batteries would also be safer in the event of a problem. They do not burn as fast as some other chemicals in Li-ion batteries.

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