Musk and Drew Baglino, his chief of powertrain, revealed the 4680 battery concept on Battery Day, in September 2020. Photo: Courtesy Tesla

There’s a New Contender to Replicate Tesla’s 4680 Battery

Photo: Musk and Drew Baglino, his chief of powertrain, revealed the 4680 battery concept on Battery Day, in September 2020. Photo: Courtesy Tesla

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One of the main dramas in the current global electric vehicle race surrounds Tesla’s much-touted 4680, a large new battery meant to sharply cut the cost of its fleet, including the Model Y crossover and the coming Cybertruck and Semi. No one outside Tesla is sure how to make the 4680 at scale. But, with Tesla’s encouragement, others are rushing to try. 

The latest is Britishvolt, a U.K. state-backed EV startup, which on Wednesday acquired Germany’s EAS Batteries in a $38.5 million cash-and-stock deal explicitly described as an effort to develop a battery similar to the 4680.

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