China’s BYD will reportedly supply its EV batteries to Tesla for use in the Model Y. The rumour comes one week after a BYD executive said in an interview that their company will begin supplying batteries to the US automaker very soon.
According to a report by the Chinese publication Auto Time, a source with knowledge of the plans says the two companies are moving forward cautiously and that large scale use of BYD batteries in the Model Y as early as next year. (via CnEVPost)
This is not the first rumour that Tesla will soon start using BYD batteries, but this is the first time a company executive has gone on record to say a relationship exists between BYD and Tesla.
Last week Lian Yubo, BYD’s executive vice president said in an interview that the company is “preparing to supply batteries to Tesla very soon.” The interview was hosted by Kui Yingchun on China’s state-owned broadcaster CGTN, who posted the clip to the social media platform Weibo.
Interestingly, that clip has now been deleted, and sources close to Tesla have since said they have not heard of it.
Tesla: We have not heard any news on BYD becoming Tesla supplier.
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