Monday, August 21, 2023

Introducing the World's First "Superfast" Electric Car Battery: Charges 400 Kilometers in 10 Minutes

Introducing the World's First "Superfast" Electric Car Battery: Charges 400 Kilometers in 10 Minutes

A Chinese battery manufacturer, a key supplier to Tesla, has launched the world's first "superfast charging" battery capable of providing a range of 400 kilometers with just a 10-minute charge.

China's Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL) unveiled its latest product, referred to as "Shenxing" or the "Godly Movement." According to The Independent, the company announced on Wednesday that its new lithium-ion battery will usher in a new era for electric cars, aiming to address the limitations of EV charging and range.

Upon full charge, the battery maintains enough charge to travel over 700 kilometers without needing to be recharged. According to TechCrunch, Gao Han, the chief technology officer of CATL's EV division, mentioned that it is also capable of charging up to 400 kilometers' worth of energy in just 10 minutes.

The company states that Shenxing is the "world's first 4C superfast charging LFP (Lithium Iron Phosphate) battery," a type of battery chemistry that Tesla, Elon Musk's car company, widely adapted in 2021 for its smaller-range vehicles.

CATL revealed that the increase in battery capacity and charging time was achieved through the "brand-new superconducting electrolyte formula," resulting in improved conductivity. Dr. Wu Kai, CATL's chief scientist, told The Independent, "EV battery technology must remain on the cutting edge of global technology limits while also staying strong on economic benefits."

As EV consumers transition from early adopters to a broader user base, advanced technology should be made accessible to all and everyone should be able to taste the fruits of innovation," he added.

According to CATL, the battery will begin to be produced on a big scale by the end of 2023, and shipments will start in 2024. The company did not disclose which vehicle manufacturers will receive the battery first. However, outlets have reported that among its customers are BMW, Honda, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo, among others.

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