A next-generation battery that can provide at least 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) of driving range was announced last week by the Chinese battery manufacturer CATL. The Qilin battery production will start in 2023.
Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL), a Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturer, announced that the first customers for its new Qilin 1,000km (620 miles) battery would be local EV startups Li Auto and Hozon New Energy Automobile.
CATL is the world’s largest EV battery manufacturer, with an estimated global market share of around 32%, owing to its dominance in the world’s largest EV market, where sales surpassed 2.9 million units last year.
The new battery was unveiled last week, along with news that CNY45 billion (US$6.7 billion) had been successfully raised for manufacturing investments and additional R&D.
When the Qilin goes into production next year, the company claims it will have the longest range of any EV on the market, with a range of more than 1,000 km (620 miles) on a single charge.
It can charge more quickly than anything on the market right now, CATL claims, going from 10% to 80% in just 10 minutes. But they are all just projections. And we won’t be able to evaluate the performance of the next-generation battery until it is actually in use.
The battery pack’s ability to cool itself more quickly and withstand extremely fast charging sessions without overheating is made possible by the company sandwiching liquid-cooling components between the battery cells.
Additionally, under extreme conditions, this cooling structure enables the cell to cool down quickly. This prevents abnormal thermal conduction between the cells and achieves thermal stability and safety for all of the battery’s chemical systems, enabling the battery to be used with materials with higher energy densities.
Also, it was claimed to be safer, longer-lasting, and faster at charging than current batteries. Its 255 watt-hour per kg energy density is 13% greater than Tesla’s new 4680 battery.
The longest-range vehicle currently available in the United States is the $169,000 Lucid Air, the debut sedan from a California-based startup. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it can travel 520 miles on a single charge.
Tesla’s Model S sedan comes in second, with an estimated range of 405 miles. An electric vehicle that can travel 600 miles or more would be a monumental advancement in battery technology.
When CATL unveiled the Qilin, it was in the midst of fierce competition from South Korean producers like LG Energy Solution, SK On, and Samsung SDI, particularly in the US where they had made significant investments to forge solid alliances with the nation’s auto industry.
The two main domestic rivals of this company are BYD and China Aviation Lithium Battery.
Li Auto and Hozon New Energy Automobile, two Chinese electric vehicle start-ups, have already committed to purchasing the battery for their cars from Qilin, which is anticipated to go into mass production and hit the market in 2023.