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Elon Musk reveals Berlin-made Tesla Model Y will get its new batteries first

Tesla head honcho Elon Musk revealed in a tweet that the company is working on new, more efficient EV batteries that it aims to begin using in its upcoming Gigafactory near Berlin.

Musk noted that when the Berlin plant — which will likely open next year — will use a larger cylindrical 4680 format cell in its new structural battery pack. The company had unveiled this cell design at its recent Battery Day event last month.

We’d previously learned that this fourth Gigafactory is slated to begin producing a revamped Model Y with a “radical redesign” of its “core technology” in the second half of 2021, so that’s where this battery will be implemented.

He added that this move will introduce some production risk, and that it’ll take a couple of years for Tesla‘s Fremont- and Shanghai-based plants to adopt this technology.

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Tesla drops Model 3 price in China as it introduces cheaper batteries

  • Tesla cut prices for its Chinese-market Model 3 sedans by up to 10%, as reported by Reuters.
  • The company will outfit future standard-range Chinese-made Model 3s with cheaper, cobalt-free battery packs, anonymous sources told Reuters recently.
  • Tesla did not confirm which batteries the standard-range car with the updated price currently uses. 
  • The basic Model 3 now costs $249,900 yuan in China, around $36,800 at current exchange rates. 
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Tesla cut the price of its Chinese-market Model 3 sedans by up to 10%, according to pricing listed on the company’s China website. The move came the same week that sources told Reuters Tesla would move to a cheaper battery in certain Chinese-made Model 3s, but it wasn’t clear whether that caused the price drop.

A Shanghai-made Model 3 with standard driving range will now run you 249,900 yuan — roughly $36,800 at current exchange rates

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Tesla reduces Model 3 prices in China and bumps the range with LFP batteries

Tesla has reduced the price of the Model 3 in China and bump the range as it introduces lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries.

As we have previously reported, Tesla has been planning to update its made-in-China Model 3 vehicles with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries from Chinese battery maker CATL.

CEO Elon Musk recently mentioned that he believes the energy density of LFP batteries have improved enough that it now makes sense to use the cheaper and cobalt-free batteries in its lower-end vehicles.

Furthermore, the use of LFP batteries also free-up more battery supply of other battery chemistry for Tesla’s other vehicle programs.

After obtaining authorization to build Model 3 with LFP batteries in China earlier this summer, we now learn that Tesla has made the switch and updated its Model 3 lineup in China:

Tesla updated its online Model 3 configurator with the following new prices after incentives:

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Tesla to use cobalt-free batteries in Model 3 production in China

  • Tesla will start using cobalt-free batteries in certain Model 3s made in China, two unnamed sources told Reuters. 
  • Cobalt is very expensive to mine and its production is linked to human-rights violations.
  • In China, Tesla wants to use cobalt-free batteries in all standard-range Model 3s, the sources said.
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Tesla Model 3 sedans currently made at the automaker’s plant in China use nickel-manganese-cobalt — or NMC — batteries. But Tesla will soon make some cars with cheaper, cobalt-free batteries.

Two unnamed sources told Reuters that Tesla will start making some Model 3s in China with lithium-iron phosphate — or LFP — batteries that contain no cobalt. The move will be officially announced as early as Thursday, the sources said.

Cobalt is among the most expensive metals used in making EV batteries. Mining it also has a history of violating human rights, including child mining

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Tesla to roll out China-made Model 3 cars with cobalt-free LFP batteries: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc is poised to start selling some Model 3 vehicles made in China equipped with cobalt-free lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries, two people familiar with the matter said.

Currently the Model 3 electric sedans made at the carmaker’s Chinese plant use nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) batteries. The starting price for the vehicles is currently 271,550 yuan ($39,900) after factoring in government subsidies.

Tesla will announce the product change as early as Thursday, the two sources said. They declined to be named as the matter is confidential.

Tesla was not immediately available for comment.

LFP batteries are cheaper to make and contain no cobalt, one of the most expensive metals used in electric vehicle batteries. Tesla will use LFP batteries in all Model 3 vehicles made in China with standard driving ranges, according to the sources.

In China, the world’s biggest car market, Tesla sold

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