The Chinese battery manufacturer CATL recently presented a new super battery. The promise: A range of around 400 kilometers with just ten minutes of charging time.
Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly important. But in order to achieve the federal government’s climate goals in 2045, further incentives are needed. There are apparently still major concerns about electric cars in this country. As a result, buyers choose a classic gasoline or diesel engine.
At least that’s what data for 2021 shows. According to this, only 13.6 percent of all newly registered vehicles had an electric drive during the survey period. The leader Norway, however, achieved a rate of 63.7 percent in the same year. For most car buyers, range concerns and too long a charging time are likely to speak against a purchase.
New battery from CATL promises fast charging time
However, Chinese battery maker CATL recently unveiled a new super battery that could put these concerns to rest. The so-called “Shenxing Superfast Charging Battery” promises an extremely short charging time. According to the manufacturer, appropriately equipped vehicles can travel up to 400 kilometers after just ten minutes.
However, this only applies to a charge from around 20 percent to around 80 percent. The so-called C rate is 3.6 – CATL generously rounds up to a value of four. The C-rate indicates how quickly a battery can be fully charged. With a value of 1C, it is possible to charge a battery from zero to 100 percent within an hour.
More efficient charging processes in extreme ambient temperatures
The new technology promises further progress. Because at relatively more extreme temperatures below minus ten degrees Celsius, the battery reaches a value similar to that of a VW ID.3 under ideal conditions. The energy storage is based on LFP cells and does not require expensive raw materials, including nickel and cobalt. This leads to a relatively low price level.
CATL also presented a new graphite anode. This determines the efficiency with which a load is transported. Production of the battery is scheduled to start this year. Experts expect the first corresponding vehicles for the fourth quarter of 2024.