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