Leading electric vehicle battery maker develops world first 2 million kilometre battery
Electric vehicle (EV) battery technology may have just made a quantum leap forward after Chinese battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) claimed they have successfully developed a battery that lasts for 2 million kilometres of driving.
CATL, who supply batteries to EV manufacturers such as Tesla and Volkswagen, have reported that the battery has been built to last 16 years, or 2 million kilometres, which would make it the longest lasting lithium EV battery available.
According to CATL, the battery pack will cost approximately 10 per cent more to produce then one that uses the current battery technology. However, due to the long-lasting life of the new battery, CATL believes it could be reused in a second vehicle, which would greatly reduce the cost of EVs in the future for customers looking to upgrade or purchase a new EV, as well as drastically improve the resale value of used EVs.
The company’s chairman Zeng Yuqun said in a recent interview with Bloomberg that the battery technology is ready to be put into production.
“If someone places an order, we are ready to produce,” said Mr Yuqun.
The news of the 2 million kilometre battery comes following the announcement that Tesla had filed a patent for a lithium-ion battery pack capable of lasting 1 million miles (1.61 million kilometres) of driving.
Tesla signed a two-year contract with CATL earlier this year to work collaboratively on battery technology. However, Mr Yuqun would not disclose which manufacturers had signed up to implement the new battery technology.
15 June 2020