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Tesla Battery Good for 1 Million Miles Possible, Researchers Say

There’s no denying the fact that electric vehicles are here to stay. Sooner than later, they will probably end up becoming a majority or who knows, even replace ICE cars altogether. And they’d probably do that even faster if battery technology was a bit more advanced.
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The biggest two hurdles in the path of the EVs today relate to the battery, and they are the range and lifespan. The two are somehow interconnected, as the lifespan of a battery is directly linked to the number of charging cycles, and these are directly related to the range of the car.

Presently, the average warranty offered by carmakers is eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. That doesn’t mean the batteries go bust right after that, and owners should expect them to last for at least another 200,000 miles, albeit with diminished capacity.

But what if the world were to invent a battery good for 1 million miles?

A team of scientists from the Dalhousie University in Canada has recently published a paper detailing how such a lifespan could be achieved.

The team says it took them three years to come up with these results. The changes they propose in the current design have to do with using different electrolytes, tampering with the structure of its components, and more (if you want to get technical, you can check out the paper at this link).

“We conclude that cells of this type should be able to power an electric vehicle for over 1.6 million kilometers (1 million miles) and last at least two decades in grid energy storage,” the researchers say.

According to Wired, the team is currently in an exclusive agreement for battery development with Tesla, which could mean the American carmaker could be the first to offer the improved battery. And that’s in line with the promises made by Elon Musk earlier this year.
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About the author: Daniel Patrascu
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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