Tesla has received governmental approval to use lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries in its locally build Model 3 vehicles.
Powered by a battery pack with an energy density of 125Wh/kg, the new Model 3 will have NEDC-rated range of 468km, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology(MIIT). Its curb weight stands at 1,745kg, 131kg heavier than the existing Standard Range Plus.
The sedan’s measurement still remained unchanged at 4,694mm long, 1,850mm wide and 1,443mm tall. The 2,875-mm wheelbase is as same as that of the existing made-in-China model.
Tesla is looking to use more auto parts from Chinese suppliers as part of ongoing efforts to localize its supply chain.
CATL, according to recent news, had signed an agreement with Tesla for supply of lithium-ion power batteries from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022.
In all probability CATL will provide Tesla the LFP batteries. Compared to ternary-lithium battery, LFP battery features lower energy density, while its cost is also lower.
Source: Gasgoo / Ref: Catalogue issued by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)