Shanghai Tesla Model 3 With Cobalt-Free LFP Battery May Be Shipping To Europe – CleanTechnica


Revealed on October 19th, 2020 |
by Dr. Maximilian Holland

October 19th, 2020 by  

Following a Bloomberg Information report in September that Tesla deliberate to ship the Shanghai made Tesla Mannequin Three to Europe, buyer pre-order agreements in France and Germany at the moment are displaying up with “Mannequin 3 – China” within the description [Update: this news has now been confirmed via Tesla’s official WeChat account]:


These pre-order paperwork look like for the Mannequin Three SR+ variants.

The LFP batteries provided by CATL are additionally reported to now be put in within the Shanghai Mannequin Three SR+ autos:

So it appears doubtless that any Tesla Mannequin Three autos that get shipped from the Shanghai Gigafactory to clients in Europe will embrace the brand new LFP batteries.

In response to paperwork from China’s Ministry of Trade and Data Expertise, the LFP variant of the Mannequin Three SR+ really has barely increased vary score (468km NEDC) than the earlier nickel-based battery model of the SR+ (initially 445 km NEDC). Though NEDC rankings are over-optimistic, the relative acquire in vary (~5%) will doubtless be preserved in actual world use.

Moreover, like most LFP chemistries, the LFP pack variant of the Mannequin Three may be very strong for charging, even for charging habitually to 100%, in line with Tesla’s buyer assist:

It’ll even be fascinating to see if Tesla has elevated the DC charging energy, or modified the charging curve, on the LFP model of the Mannequin 3.

What’s Tesla’s technique right here? We all know that LFP batteries are cheaper and fewer mineral constrained than nickel primarily based batteries. LFP batteries are going to develop into the predominant pillar for many of Tesla’s commonplace vary autos (its most inexpensive and highest promoting autos globally) for the foreseeable future.

Presently Tesla is simply confirmed to have provide agreements for LFP batteries from CATL for the China made autos. This may doubtless evolve sooner or later as CATL and different LFP cell producers are establishing factories in Europe, which is able to have the ability to be provided to Tesla’s Berlin Gigafactory.

For the second although, the one means for Tesla to get its most inexpensive and lowest value (LFP) Mannequin 3s to European clients is to ship them in from Shanghai, since that’s the one place they’re made.

Shanghai Tesla Mannequin 3 / Picture: Tesla

Though the mix of the unique Bloomberg report and these current pre-order paperwork do seem so as to add as much as sturdy proof, and the enterprise case for Tesla is smart, we’ll have to attend for additional particulars so as to have the ability to absolutely affirm this information.

We’ll be looking out for any official updates from Tesla, or studies from from European clients as soon as the autos are delivered. [Update: Tesla’s official WeChat account has now confirmed they will start shipping the Shanghai made Model 3 later this month, to 10 European countries.] 


Recognize CleanTechnica’s originality? Take into account changing into a CleanTechnica member, supporter, or ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.

Join our free each day e-newsletter or weekly e-newsletter to by no means miss a narrative.

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, wish to promote, or wish to counsel a visitor for our CleanTech Speak podcast? Contact us right here.

Newest Cleantech Speak Episode

Tags: , , , , , , ,

In regards to the Creator

Max is an anthropologist, social theorist and worldwide political economist, making an attempt to ask questions and encourage important excited about social and environmental justice, sustainability and the human situation. He has lived and labored in Europe and Asia, and is at the moment primarily based in Barcelona.
Discover Max’s e-book on social principle, observe Max on twitter @Dr_Maximilian and at, or contact him by way of LinkedIn.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *