Electric autonomous vehicle (EAV) maker Tesla is expected to increase its 2170 battery’s energy density by 20% in five years’ time, that is according to an official at Panasonic, as quoted on a report website Teslarati.
According to the same report, the head of Panasonic EV battery business, Yasuaki Takamoto, said that Tesla is working to produce a version of its battery that is cobalt-free in the next two to three years.
It is worth mentioning that the company has been producing and supplying Tesla’s battery for its Model 3. The cells provided used the nickel-cobalt-aluminum (NCA) formula which provides its high energy density.
The automaker remained to commit the ethical mining of cobalt for most of it is subjected to highly controversial extraction practices. It is reported that most children serve as miners of this element in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
What’s in it for Tesla?
Going cobalt-free has many benefits for the company. For starters, it would be a complete realization of its 2019 Environmental Impact Report.
In the report, it declares how Tesla moves to improve its own practices.
“Tesla is committed to making working conditions in our supply chain safe and humane, ensuring that workers are treated with respect and dignity and that manufacturing processes are environmentally responsible,” it states.
Another is that it would lead to future car models to be more energy-efficient and less costly to manufacture.
The higher energy density would mean that a user can get greater mileage in a single charge compared to older battery models.
The company has been taking steps to be environmentally sustainable with regards to their car’s efficiency. With a recent update on its Model Y, the passenger side air vents deactivate when no one is seated on it – a move seen to introduce greater efficiency to the model.
This is the first time a partner of Tesla announces the company’s strategies with regards to its battery technology. Experts and enthusiasts are looking forward to the company’s official announcements regarding their battery technology on its Battery Day, scheduled on September 22.