Tesla Expanding Use of LFP Batteries as Nickel Supply is Limited
Updated: Mar 15, 2021
The new generation of LFP batteries have proven to be a good choice for lower cost EVs. Very good safety record, good longevity, high discharge rates, lower cost, and eliminates the need for both cobalt & nickel are some of the advantages. It now appears that Tesla will shift some or all standard range vehicles to LFP batteries based on developing nickel shortages. It is conjectured that Tesla will use the available nickel for more demanding applications such as Cybertruck, Semi-truck, Model X and S, Plaid, and the longer-range Models 3 & Y.
Expanding use of LFP batteries in select applications can help drive prices down and accelerate the transition to a more environmentally friendly energy economy.
Below is a recent post with information and comments on Tesla’s tentative plans to use more LFP batteries.
Paul Kageler: My broad background includes experience in the global chemical industry, industrial construction, global oil & gas assignments, electrification & solar energy advisor. Job roles while at BASF Chemicals include research & development, project management, plant startup, plant manager, product stewardship manager, and product manage. Job titles at Halliburton include fluid engineer, Sr. Technical Professional, and Global Field Advisor. Also experience in technical sales. I have followed the solar industry since 2010 and developed an interest in Li-ion battery applications. Recent work and studies include residential and remote area solar plus ESS and converting electric off-road vehicles to LFP batteries. My interest during leisure time includes fishing, exercising, and following developments related to Li-ion battery applications. Education: BS Degree in Chemistry from Texas State University