CATL unveils new sodium-ion battery for electric vehicles
The Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL), the world’s largest electric car battery maker has unveiled a new battery that runs on the affordable and abundantly available sodium instead of lithium. With the faster adoption of electric vehicles, manufacturers all over the world manufacturers are seeking alternatives from the present technologies such as nickel-cobalt-aluminium, nickel-cobalt-manganese and lithium iron phosphate batteries. Read further to know more about CATL unveils new sodium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.
CATL unveils new sodium-ion battery
The Chinese coastal city of Ningde based CATL sodium-ion batteries comes as the demand for lithium, cobalt and nickel is in huge demand which is currently the main ingredients in the current batteries.
Dr Robin Zeng, chairman of CATL has unveiled the company’s first-generation sodium-ion battery that comes with its AB battery pack solution. These batteries combine the sodium-ion cells and lithium-ion cells into one pack. These batteries will be mainly used in energy storage systems and two-wheeled vehicles.
Recently, Green Evolve Private Limited (Grevol) has announced the launch of their cutting-edge lithium battery packs. It has partnered with Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL) a global leader in lithium-ion battery development and manufacturing long term cell procurement. The battery packs launching will be used for electric three-wheelers (L5N category) light commercial vehicles. The CATL also supply global players such as Tesla, BMW and Mercedes. As per the partnership, Grevol will be using CATL cells for their upcoming cargo 3-wheeler (L5N) vehicles.
CATL developing battery pack that lasts for 16 years
Last year, the CATL had announced that it had developed a battery pack that lasts or more than a million miles that means it can last for 16 years. The company makes electric car batteries for Tesla Inc. and Volkswagen AG. The company Chairman Zeng Yuqun said that it is all set to produce a battery that can give you 2 million kilometres (1.24 million miles). The company is specialised in manufacturing lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage systems and also battery management systems. Currently, the batteries are getting warranties for electric cars that cover about 150,000 miles or eight years.
The CATL is investing in the research and development in battery technology to return to the growth of the EV industry as the COVID-19 outbreak dragged down the sales this year. But the demand for electric vehicles will pick up in early 2021 said, Zeng. The CATL, which is adding a production facility in Germany, is set to make more than 70% of batteries required by BMW, an early customer, Zeng said. CATL also works with Volkswagen’s Audi unit and is cooperating with Porsche, added.
CATL has signed a contract in February with Tesla to supply batteries, worked with Japan’s Panasonic Corp and South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd. The CATL batteries are set to go into Tesla’s Model 3 sedans produced at Tesla’s new factory near Shanghai.
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