In what could be an important advancement in the field of electric vehicles, Zeng Yuqun, chairman of the Chinese company CATL, which supplies batteries to auto companies such as Tesla, BMW, and Volkswagen, told Bloomberg News that CATL is ready to supply manufacturers with batteries that can power a vehicle 1.24 million miles during a lifespan of sixteen years. This would be a big improvement for over current EV batteries which are guaranteed for up to around 150,000 miles/8 years.
Neither Tesla nor Volkswagen have commented on Zeng’s statement, but Tesla had been planning to hold a “Battery Day” event this spring, where they have stated exciting news will be announced. The event has continued to be delayed, however.
The following video from the Torque News YouTube channel gives further details and perspective about the CATL development: