Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL), the electric vehicle battery manufacturer that supplies Tesla, among others, says it has made a battery that can last 16 years and over 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometers). Elon Musk had cited this before, but the news is more concrete now. CATL president Zeng Yuqun said the battery is ready to be manufactured. It should be about 10% more expensive than other batteries on the market. According to Bloomberg, this breakthrough is huge given that the warranty on EV batteries currently covers around 150,000 miles (240 kilometers) or eight years.

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Author profile picture Jan Wouters is an independent entrepeneur, at Wautomotive.nl. In the year that the car celebrates its 250th anniversary, he writes for Innovation Origins about the history of innovation.