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BYD enters European market, reportedly already supplying batteries to Tesla

Chinese language automaker and battery provider BYD is getting into the European market—and that might embrace supplying batteries to Tesla.

Earlier this month, Sweden’s Hedin Mobility Group introduced that it will distribute and promote BYD passenger automobiles in its dwelling nation and Germany. This got here shortly after BYD’s announcement of Japanese-market gross sales in July.

Gross sales are scheduled to start out via Hedin Mobility Group’s present supplier community in October. The corporate additionally plans to open devoted BYD shops in main cities, with the primary scheduled to open in Stockholm that very same month.

BYD Blade battery pack

BYD Blade battery pack

BYD is among the highest-volume producers of plug-in automobiles, and makes electrical buses and vehicles as effectively. It would not promote passenger automobiles in the USA, however has bought and manufactured electrical buses right here.

CNEVPost additionally lately reported that BYD had begun deliveries of its Blade batteries to Tesla for car manufacturing on the latter’s German manufacturing unit. The primary Tesla EVs utilizing BYD batteries ought to roll off the meeting line someday between late August and early September, in response to the report.

Tesla plant close to Berlin, Germany

This isn’t the first time Tesla was reportedly contemplating the Blade, which has a lithium iron phosphate (LFP) chemistry that is said to emphasize safety whereas additionally doing fairly effectively in chilly temperatures in comparison with different LFP cells.

Tesla has been utilizing LFP battery cells in automobiles constructed at its Shanghai manufacturing unit, though it has no plans to make use of BYD’s batteries at that manufacturing unit, in response to the report. Some automobiles constructed within the U.S. are additionally getting LFP batteries, which offer the advantage of charging to 100% on a daily basis, however on the expense of effectivity.

LFP has turn into the favored and prevalent battery sort in China, with corporations there aiming for a next-generation version of the chemistry.

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