Tesla’s Chinese battery supplier, Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., claims it’s created a power pack that lasts for 2 million kilometers (1.24 million miles), Bloomberg reports.
If true, it would represent a massive leap in the longevity of an electric car battery. It could even mean that a single battery could outlast the original vehicle it was installed in.
Tesla didn’t respond to our request for comment, despite of rumors of an imminent event in which the Elon Musk-led company will reveal its “million mile” battery — reportedly co-developed with CATL.
Ready to Produce
Contemporary Amperex has yet to reveal if it has signed any contracts with carmakers. “If someone places an order, we are ready to produce,” CATL Chairman Zeng Yuqun told Bloomberg.
Demand for cars has plummeted during the ongoing pandemic, but Zeng told the news outlet that “we have great confidence for the long run.”
The company’s relationship with Tesla is strong, especially between the two top executives.
“We’re getting along well and he’s a fun guy,” Zeng told Bloomberg, referring to Musk. “He’s talking about cost all day long, and I’m making sure we have the solutions.”
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