CATL, the world’s largest EV battery maker and a serious Tesla provider, has launched a brand new quick charging lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery able to including 248 miles of vary after simply 10 minutes of cost.
Dubbed Shenxing (an historic Chinese language phrase praising pace), the brand new battery, which is described by CATL as a “battery for everybody,” will allow as much as 434 miles of vary on China’s CLTC cycle, CATL introduced throughout an internet briefing on August 16.
The corporate claims Shenxing is the world’s first LFP battery to assist 4C tremendous quick charging, which implies it will possibly cost at a present of 12A above the diffusion limiting present.
“We hope via steady efforts to enhance expertise and scale back prices, Shenxing will turn into a normal product out there for each electrical automobile,” Gao Han, chief expertise officer of CATL’s E-Automotive Enterprise, mentioned in the course of the presentation you may watch within the video embedded on the high of this web page.
With the Shenxing battery, CATL claims it has achieved tremendous quick charging, excessive vitality density and excessive degree of security on the identical time.
CATL mentioned the brand new fast-charging LFP battery incorporates in-house expertise, together with accelerated extraction of lithium ions, improved lithium-ion intercalation charge via quick ion ring expertise, a multi-gradient layered electrode design, a brand new superconducting electrolyte system, and an extremely skinny and safer separator.
In accordance with the corporate, the Shenxing LFP battery can obtain fast-charging over a large temperature vary, having the ability to cost from zero to 80 % in half-hour, even in temperatures as little as 14℉.
The brand new fast-charging LFP battery is anticipated to enter mass manufacturing in China by the tip of the 12 months. The primary electrical automobile fashions geared up with Shenxing batteries will launch within the first quarter of 2024.
LFP batteries are cheaper than different lithium-ion batteries and extra sturdy in lots of instances. Nonetheless, they sometimes have decrease vitality density and their efficiency drops within the chilly. CATL says these points are a factor of the previous with its new fast-charging battery, which “embodies the right stability of lengthy vary and straightforward refueling.”
The corporate has confronted challenges of weakening demand and strain to chop prices from EV makers amid a worth battle and a slowdown in auto gross sales this 12 months. CATL has been shedding market share to BYD, which powers all its EVs with its personal batteries. CATL’s greatest consumer is Tesla.