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How long does a tesla battery last when fully charged

As Tesla’s EV get more and more popular nowdays, many people are interested in buying a tesla car, but you may wonder: how long does a tesla battery last when fully charged?

Well, generally speaking, for any Tesla car, the battery will last for at least 267 miles on a single charge.

Tesla’s Model 3, Model S, and SUV Model X and Model Y, have varying ranges after one full charge, as the below chart shows:

ModelRange(miles) Range(kms)
Model S405652
Model S (Plaid) 395637
Model X348560
Model X(Plaid) 333536
Model Y339545
Model Y( Long Range ) 398640
Model Y( Performance ) 351566
Model 3267430
Model 3(Long Range) 334538
Model 3(Performance) 315507

What kind of battery is in a Tesla?

Tesla cars are powered by Lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries. Unlike the li socl2 battery, which is a non-rechargeable primary battery, tesla’s battery is chargeable, and their battery system is comprised of many individual Li-ion cells shown as in below image.

Panasonic battery for tesla car

In the end of 2021, Panasonic had revealed its new 4680 nickel-cobalt-aluminum (NCA)  battery cell built for Tesla, the model 4680 represents the battery’s dimensions of 46 mm wide and 80 mm tall. Panasonic plans to start test production early next year. It is claimed that the new battery will provide five times more energy and six times more power capacity.

However, it takes time for car companies to change their battery types. With reference to the speed at which the 2170 battery replaces the 18650 battery, and assuming that the 2170 battery is still the mainstream battery in 2022, it will be gradually replaced by the 4680 battery by 2023 and fully replaced by 2024.

In all its standard-range cars, Tesla is changing the battery cell to lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) chemistry. it has forged contract with China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. to manufacture this kind of battery. The move is likely a way for Tesla to increase profit margins on its cars, while not necessarily having to raise prices. The LFP batteries are considered cheaper and safer than nickel-based batteries but have less energy density and need to be recharged more often.

At February 19, 2022. Tesla has announced that it has produced 1 million of its next-generation 4680 battery cell at its pilot factory in California, and it is expected to start deliveries of its new Model Y equipped with its 4680 cell and structural battery pack in the near future, the 4680 battery is said to boost the range of electric vehicles by over 15 percent

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