The chief researcher at Tesla, Jeff Dahn, and the members of the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Sciences of Dalhousie University, have recently released an article that points to the development of battery cells capable of lasting more than 1.6 million kilometers on the road.The new battery tested has a lithium ion cell with a new generation of ‘single crystal’ NMC cathode and a new advanced electrolyte. In theory, these battery cells last from two to three times more than the current Tesla cells.
With an active cooling system, researchers managed to raise the life of battery cells to more than 6,000 cycles, which would easily mean more than 1 million kilometers in a good battery, according to a study published in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society. They tested the battery cells under different conditions, and even under an extreme temperature of 40° C, these lasted 4,000 cycles. In April, CEO Elon Musk said he wants Tesla to solve the challenge of completely autonomous direction and launch a fleet of robotic taxis. Batteries are an important part of this challenge: if these batteries are deployed, they can seriously reduce the cost per kilometer of operation of an electric vehicle, helping to make clean transport a more viable option for daily use.