As it stands, the Tesla EVs of today have power cells with lifespans somewhere between 300,000 and 500,000 miles -- but now we could be looking at upwards of 1 million miles thanks to new research.
This is what Elon Musk and Jeff Dahn are talking about in a new paper in the Journey of The Electrochemical Society (JES) which teases we might be living in a world with Tesla EVs that have 1 million mile batteries.
Tesla's battery research arm is partnered with Dahn and his research team, with Dahn explaining: "Cells of this type should be able to power an electric vehicle for over one million miles and last at least two decades in grid energy storage".
Dahn along with his research team talk about a new cell used that sets a new standard for future research, with the team using a cathode material from the Ni rich NCM cathode materials. The capacity of this cell is 20% higher than the Li-ion batteries that we use in our smartphones and tablets today.
JES batteries and energy technical editor Doron Aurbach explained: "This comprehensive article is expected to be impactful in the field of batteries and energy storage. It is a very systematic study by one of the most renowned and prestigious electrochemistry groups in the world. It was a pleasure for me as a technical editor to handle this paper. It substantiates all the statements about the truly high quality and importance of JES, one of the leading and most prestigious journals in electrochemistry".
I can see this absolutely exploiding (but not in the explosive way with batteries) in the robotaxi industry, with Tesla capable of pumping out these insane 1 million mile batteries.
If we rewind to just 2012, the Tesla Model S "beta endurance car" had 150,000 miles on a single battery pack... now we're between 300-500K, and will soon be at a million. No one can say Musk isn't getting things done... it's not an overnight change, but he is slowly rolling out some truly incredible strides in technology.