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Tesla Compelling Battery Manufacturers To Move to 4680

There's a new image floating around of a 4680 cylindrical cell battery. Tesla has been the primary driver of battery manufacturers switching to this new battery. Let's learn more about it!
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4680 Battery Seen

Let's take a look at the specs of this new battery and then we'll talk about why Tesla is compelling the battery manufacturers of today to move to the 4680 cell.

4680 Battery Specs:

  • Dimensions: 46 * 80 (mm)
  • Marginal (or Nominal) Voltage: 4.61 (V)
  • Operating Voltage Range: 4.2 - 2.8 (V)
  • Operating Temperature Range: -30 to 55 (Degrees Celsius)
  • Normal Capacity: 26 (Ah)
  • Fast Charge Time: 20 min (10-80% SOC)
  • Weight: 355 (g)
  • Cycle Life: 1500cls (0.33C/0.33C)

What can we deduce from this information?

Elon Musk has stated that a Model 3 battery was designed to last 300,000 to 500,000 miles or 1,500 charging cycles. That is the same number of cycles this 4680 battery is showing.

It appears the biggest advantage to this battery is that it has a very fast charge time. If a car has enough of these batteries for say, 400 miles of range, then that would be someone could charge 200 miles in around 12 minutes. That's not too bad. In fact, I think the biggest thing that batteries of the future will need to improve on quickly is charge time. A charge time of less than 10 minutes up to 80% of the capacity will help further drive electric vehicle usage.

The 4680 Battery Is Going to Become the Standard

Tesla is moving to the 4680 battery for its vehicles - eventually Giga Berlin vehicles will use 4680 batteries, along with Giga, Austin TX. Newer versions of Tesla vehicles. Because Tesla is the dominant electric vehicle producer, they are doing what Elon Musk has stated: "The best way to predict the future is to create it."

Therefore, I think we're going to continue to see constant battery innovation and these 4680 cells won't be the last version of batteries that we see. But for the next year or two of batteries, the 4680 battery will be the battery of choice.

The biggest reason for this is that the 4680 batteries will be cheaper, more efficient, and will enable a longer range for less battery. The battery is the most expensive part of an electric vehicle and as the battery costs are driven down, the total cost of the vehicle will go down.

What do you think of this 4680 battery? Will other electric vehicle makers use the 4680 battery?

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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.


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