Tesla seeks China nod to build Model 3 vehicles with LFP batteries - ministry

FILE PHOTO: Tesla China-made Model 3 vehicles are seen during a delivery event at its factory in Shanghai, China January 7, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

BEIJING (Reuters) - Tesla Inc TSLA.O is seeking Chinese government approval to build model 3 vehicles in the country equipped with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries, a document on the website of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology showed.

Reuters exclusively reported in February that Tesla is in advanced talks to use LFP batteries from CATL 300750.SZ that contain no cobalt - one of the most expensive metals in electric vehicle (EV) batteries - in cars made at its China plant.

The document does not show the name of the battery maker. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The U.S. car maker is building Model 3 vehicles at its Shanghai factory. It uses EV batteries from Panasonic Corp 6752.T and LG Chem 051910.KS. CATL has said it would start supplying Tesla from July.

Reporting by Yilei Sun and Brenda Goh; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman