At Tesla's Battery Day in September 2020, Tesla promised a 56% reduction in battery prices from its next-generation 4680 cell.
With Tesla's habitual secrecy about the actual capacity of its battery packs, rumors are swirling about what stage Tesla is in with its 4680 cells.
But one rumor is particularly tantalizing: There may already be a Tesla Model YS on the road with a range of 500 miles.
One of the origins of this rumor was a tweet by a Tesla follower on Twitter, who claimed that some Tesla employees are already driving a Tesla Model Y with enough battery for 500 miles.
Whether this rumor is true or not we will see electric vehicles with such range in a few years time. Managed to travel from Germany to Silverstone, UK on a single charge (751 miles).
This car has a 100kWh battery, which is the same as the current Tesla Model S. It is achieving its incredible range through efficiency including driving.
There are a number of technologies to provide the sea change, such as Theon's sulfur-based batteries, which promise to triple the density over current lithium-ion cells.
However, as with any disruptive new technology, the advent of battery-electric vehicles has led to radical differences about where transportation should go.
Americans travel longer distances than Europeans, especially the British. In fact, the average USA driver travels 14,000 miles a year, compared to half that in the UK.