Source: BYD delivers blade batteries to Tesla's Berlin plant

Asian Tech Press (Aug 11) -- Chinese automaker BYD Co Ltd (BYDDF: OTC US) has delivered blade batteries to Tesla Inc.'s Berlin-Brandenburg Gigafactory in Germany, sources said.

BYD has delivered blade batteries to Tesla's Berlin gigafactory in Germany, and expected the first batch of Tesla cars with its blade batteries will roll off the production line in late August to early September at the earliest, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

Another source revealed that Tesla's much-anticipated Shanghai factory has no plans to use BYD's blade batteries for the time being.

BYD said it would not respond to the news, while Tesla has no response yet.

At present, Tesla mainly produces the Model Y at its Berlin factory, which means that BYD's blade batteries will first come on a part of the Model Y.

Rumors of cooperation between the two companies have been around for a long time, dating back as far as August 2021, when a media report said that BYD would supply blade batteries to Tesla in the second quarter of 2022, and that Tesla models with blade batteries had already entered the testing phase.

BYD denied the news at the time. However, in early June 2022, Lian Yubo, BYD's executive vice president and director of the Automotive Engineering Research Institute, publicly admitted in an interview that BYD would supply batteries to Tesla.

However, Tesla denied the cooperation mentioned by Lian at the time.

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