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I wonder if they are using the spare room in an SR+ battery box to install more LFP cells as they are of lower capacity but the SR has plenty of room for extra large cells.
As a rough guide, high energy density LiFePO4 (LFP) cells need around 13% to 15% more space than a similar capacity LiNiMnCoO2 (NMC) pack. I suspect that the Fremont manufactured SR+ cars probably had a fair bit of spare space in the pack, as the pack capacity was roughly 30% lower than than in the AWD models (guesswork, in part, as Tesla keep quiet about the details). That probably means that there was around a "spare" 15% of space within the Shanghai SR+ battery packs to fit extra LFP cells, which in turn would mean an increase in usable capacity of roughly the same amount.
Personally I would prefer a new SR+ with the LFP pack over the LR, with an NMC pack, based primarily on the much longer life that LFP cells seem to have. They have a cycle life that's probably 2 to 5 times that of NMC, and have a longer calendar life, too. Add in that LFP cells are a bit safer in the event of a catastrophic event, and that makes them a hot favourite, with perhaps the only minus point being slightly poorer charge performance in cold conditions.
The link just takes me to log in to my account. Any chance you could add a screen grab? Ta.
May be optimism bias on my part, but 6k miles over 8 months is not a lot of driving. The BMS and range indicator is probably accounting for lots of small low efficiency trips rather than what you’d get if you actually tried to drive 250miles between charges.
LG don’t make LFP batteries. CATL make the LFP packs. The Tesla advisor is confused.Someone has just rang Tesla UK for delivery information (see shipping thread) and was told "the long range will have a 74kw LG lithium phosphate battery (= LFP)"
Suggestion is that may be wrong information though.
LG don’t make LFP batteries. CATL make the LFP packs. The Tesla advisor is confused.