Tesla has confirmed that its new 2021 Mannequin 3 autos are actually outfitted with a brand new 82 kWh battery pack — due to new, extra energy-dense battery cells produced by Panasonic.
Earlier this yr, Panasonic announced an extra $100 million investment in Gigafactory Nevada, its partnership with Tesla to provide battery cells solely for the electrical automaker.
As a part of the announcement, Panasonic stated that it’ll improve the vitality density of cells produced at Gigafactory Nevada by 5% and the whole output by 10%.
Final week, we additionally reported that Panasonic revealed that the brand new battery cells they’re producing for Tesla at Gigafactory Nevada are additionally going to enable faster charging.
We weren’t clear in the event that they have been already in Tesla autos, however we had our suspicions following the latest efficiency improvements resulting in longer ranges that Tesla launched final month.
Now we get the primary proof that new Tesla Mannequin 3 autos are outfitted with the brand new cells.
As /r/TeslaMotors person “Corio13” defined, Tesla has despatched 2021 Mannequin 3 autos data to patrons in Europe forward of time:
When delivery to Europe, Tesla already sends the papers to the shopper earlier than the automobile arrives, in order that they are often registered beforehand and a easy pickup is assured. That’s the reason some German homeowners have already got registration for his or her vehicles which might be attributable to be picked up in late November or December.
A few of these Mannequin 3 patrons have shared the registration data that they acquired from Tesla and it confirms that new battery packs have a capability of 82 kWh within the Mannequin 3 Lengthy Vary AWD (through tff-forum):
82 kWh is in line with a roughly 5% improve in vitality density enabled by the brand new battery cells.
These new cells are nonetheless 2170 battery cells and never the brand new 4680 cells developed by Tesla and unveiled at Battery Day in September. Though, they might profit from some chemistry enhancements developed by Tesla for its new cell format.
As we beforehand reported, Tesla’s Model 3 2021 EPA ratings present that the brand new Mannequin 3 Lengthy Vary Twin Motors AWD is getting a brand new report vary of 353 miles on a single cost.
That is the affirmation we have been in search of.
Tesla might have achieved larger effectivity with fewer batteries and achieved an extended vary, however it appears to be like like Tesla didn’t change something and simply used the higher-capacity batteries.
Now we’re going to have to attend a number of weeks to see how the charging capability has modified if in any respect, however I’m excited to search out out.
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