Tesla to produce Model 3 with lithium phosphate batteries

Tesla has received approval from the Chinese government to produce the Model 3 model in China with lithium phosphate batteries, according to a document from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China, foreign media reported.

Reuters reported in February that Tesla was in talks with CATL to use its lithium-it-iron phosphate, which is the most expensive metal material in an electric car.” The company said the batteries would be used in vehicles produced at the Shanghai superplant.

However, the ministry’s documents did not mention the manufacturer of lithium-ion phosphate, and Tesla did not immediately comment.