Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular with new models being released almost every day. However, when we look at each of these vehicles, hey all have similar ranges and charging times. While other technologies such as self-driving can compensate this for many users, the increase in the number of vehicles is driving some regions with poor infrastructure into a serious crisis. Fortunately, the world’s largest battery maker, CATL, has unveiled a new battery that can be charged in 10 minutes and has a range of 400 kilometers. Here are the details:
CATL Unveils New LFP Shenxing Battery with 10-Minute Charge Time
CATL, or Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited, is a Chinese battery manufacturer and technology company that specializes in the production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage systems. While the company may not be in the news every day,it is a major player in the industry. The Chinese tech giant is currently the world’s leading supplier of batteries to dozens of different companies, including Tesla and BMW. Its market share is estimated to be at least 37%, according to 2022 data.
Now, CATL has unveiled its new Shenxing battery in Europe. The Shenxing battery is made using lithium iron phosphate (LFP) material, which is known for its safety and long lifespan. It is also the first LFP battery to support 4C ultra-fast charging. This means that the battery can be charged from 10% to 80% in just 10 minutes.
CATL says that the Shenxing battery is also more energy-efficient than previous LFP batteries. This means that it can offer a longer range on a single charge. The company claims that the Shenxing battery can achieve a range of 400 kilometers on a single charge, which is comparable to the range of some ternary lithium batteries.
The Shenxing battery is currently in the prototype stage, but CATL plans to start mass production in 2024. The company says that the battery will be used in a variety of electric vehicles, including passenger cars, buses, and trucks. In addition to the Shenxing battery, CATL also unveiled a new battery management system (BMS) at the IAA MOBILITY 2023. The BMS is designed to improve the safety, efficiency, and lifespan of electric vehicle batteries.