CATL is readying to launch a groundbreaking EV battery which will go into mass production next year. The battery in question is the third generation of the company’s CTP (cell-to-pack) technology. The company codename for this coming battery is “Qilin,” and it boasts a 1,100 range, which is unattainable with existing electric vehicles.
This battery has a record-breaking volume efficiency of 72%. From the company’s measurements, Qilin’s energy density is up to 255Wh/kg. While designing this battery system, CATL took into consideration its stability. The integrated energy unit helps maintain a more stable load-bearing structure. This unit helps in improving the resistance of the battery to external factors like shock and vibration.
Its new design also improves its total capacity in comparison with the second-generation CTP batteries. This improvement is within the national guidelines and requirements for EV batteries. The stacking of this battery’s cells comes with cooling equipment, which will help keep the batter cool, hence avoiding combustion.
A total of three areas saw significant upgrades with the CTP 3.0 battery. The first is fast charging which supports 4C faster than 4680 batteries common with Tesla models. Next is the thermal efficiency, which goes up 50% in comparison with the 4680 battery. System efficiency receives the biggest boost, 72% above what is currently attainable.
This battery will go into mass production by next year and many Chinese EV manufacturers will troop in to use it. Cars that’d use this battery will leave the likes of the Lucid Air in the dust in terms of range. This vehicle currently offers an 840km range on a single charge, but 1,000km is what CATL has to offer. This will help encourage the switch from fuel-driven vehicles to electric ones.