Chinese battery manufacturer claims their Electric vehicle batteries could run on Electric cars for upto 1.2 million miles/16 years
The electrical vehicle development is still in its infancy with only a couple of top players making it big like Tesla. The current EV batteries running on Electric Cars like Tesla have a life of 60,000 to 150,000 miles over a three- to eight-year period depending upon how the car owner uses his/her EV.
Carmakers have been trying to figure a way out to stop the degradation of the batteries in EV so they could last longer and the EVs can appear viable to petrol and diesel car owners. A Chinese manufacturer claims that their batteries can now run on electric cars for a whopping 2.1 million kilometers or 1.2 million miles.
Chinese car battery maker Amperex Technology (Catl) says it has developed a battery that can power an electric vehicle for more than one million miles, over a period of 16 years. This is huge considering that even petrol and diesel cars start to degrade after 10 odd years. Catl chairman Zeng Yuqun told a finance website said the company was “ready” to produce the “million-mile” batteries. “If someone places an order, we are ready to produce,” Zheng stated. He also said that This battery would cost only about 10 percent more than current EV batteries.
Zeng claims that the battery developed by Catl for EV could power a vehicle for 2 million kilometers, or 1.2 million miles, and last for nearly 15 to 16 years. This contrasts with the current batteries of Tesla which has a warranty for 60,000 to 150,000 miles over a three- to eight-year period. If true, this could be a breakthrough that would begin a new phase of electric vehicles.
Over the years, the EVs have not been able to make a mark in the car market for precisely this reason. They can’t be charged for a longish drive and there aren’t many charging stations, plus, the charging takes time. But the main issue with EV cars was the battery degradation. Most car owners don’t buy an EV for the simple reason that the car battery won’t last even a decade, unlike petrol and diesel cars. This is happening even though governments around the world offer a subsidy for buying EVs.
It is not be noted that Catl has been collaborating with Tesla for making EV car batteries for Tesla cars. In fact, Catl signed an agreement in February 2020 to supply batteries for Tesla Model 3 EVs produced at Tesla’s massive new factory near Shanghai.
But neither Elon Musk nor Tesla has announced any such breakthrough. Considering how media-savvy Tesla’s Elon Musk is, he would have been the first one tweeting this breakthrough and it would have sent the Tesla stock prices to the roof.
This breakthrough news coming from a Chinese manufacturer has to be taken with a pinch of salt as Catl did not offer any technical details about the battery nor where and how it was tested.