CATL’s Supercharge Battery: A New Era in EVs

CATL Reveals Game-Changer: The Shenxing Super Charge Battery

CATL had a big secret. Now, it’s out. Why say this? Right now, lithium iron phosphate batteries are big in new energy cars. Since July 2021, these batteries took the lead. They beat ternary batteries. Most top-selling cars use them. But, BYD’s blade battery leads in this area. CATL ranks second. Yet, not many remember CATL for this.

In past years, CATL launched various batteries. None were tailored for lithium iron phosphate. Lithium iron phosphate batteries are popular. They’re cost-effective, safe, and durable. But they lack in cold weather. They don’t charge as fast as ternary batteries. Consumers noticed. Clearly, CATL wants to address these issues. Their “Supercharge Battery” might be the answer.

On August 16, CATL unveiled a world first. It’s a 4C supercharge battery made from lithium iron phosphate. It charges for 10 minutes and goes 400 kilometers. That’s like driving from Beijing to Jinan in one short charge. Unlike other fast batteries, this one can really go 700 kilometers.

The “Supercharge Battery” owes its success to CATL. CATL innovated in materials, structure, and manufacturing. With these changes, CATL pushed limits. They achieved fast charge, long range, and safety all at once.

CATL's Supercharge Battery: A New Era in EVs

CATL’s Shenxing Battery: The Future of Fast Charging

For the positive electrode: The “Supercharge Battery” uses advanced cathode tech. It has nanoscale lithium iron phosphate. This builds a super electron net. It reduces lithium-ion resistance. Charging responds faster.

For the negative electrode: CATL uses new gen fast-ion tech. It modifies graphite surfaces. It adds lithium-ion channels. It shortens the distance. It’s like a “highway” for ions.

For balance: CATL uses a layered pole design. It manages the pole structure. The top has many holes. The bottom is dense. It balances high energy and super-fast charging.

For the electrolyte: CATL develops a new high-conductivity formula. It lowers the viscosity. It increases lithium-ion abilities. It boosts conductivity.

Additionally: CATL improves the thin SEI film. This reduces resistance even more.

For the separator: CATL improved the separator. It has more holes and smooth channels. This speeds up lithium-ion liquid transfer.

Structural innovations: The “Supercharge Battery” in CTP3.0 removed beams and end boards. It introduced a new grouping tech. It strengthens the core and box connection. This maintains strength. It also uses space better. The “Supercharge Battery” exceeds performance limits. It can last over 700 kilometers.

Charging speed: The Supercharge 4C battery charges fast. It has excellent “all-temperature flash charging.”

At normal temperatures: The “Supercharge Battery” can charge to 80% in 10 minutes. CATL uses a temperature control tech. It heats up quickly in cold. It can charge to 80% in 30 minutes at -10℃. It performs well even in cold.

Thanks to their manufacturing skills: CATL can quickly make these batteries. The “Supercharge Battery” will be mass-produced this year. Electric cars using it will launch next year.

CATL's Supercharge Battery: A New Era in EVs

CATL’s Supercharge Battery: Revolutionizing Electric Car Charging

Charge for 10 minutes, drive 400km. The “Supercharge Battery” sets a new speed for lithium iron phosphate batteries. It’s also a new starting point in their tech race. After CATL, many top battery companies will join. In the next few years, we can expect low-cost, super-fast charging batteries. They will help make electric cars more common.

Right now, many companies are working on fast-charging batteries. This includes Honeycomb Energy, Freddie Batteries, Eve Energy, Ruipu Lanjun, Fu Energy, Guoxuan High-Tech, and Lishen Batteries. They all have good lithium iron phosphate battery products. With more companies joining, fast-charging will become the standard in a few years.

Overcoming Charging Worries: The Rise of Fast-Charging Cars

In recent years, with cars that can go 700km or 1000km, people aren’t worried about battery life. Electric cars have become more popular because of this. Now, over 30% of new cars are electric.

But, charging takes a long time. Regular charging can take over 8 hours. Fast charging still takes an hour. Many people don’t want to buy electric cars because of this. Especially for long drives on highways.

Charging for 10 minutes and driving 400km will change things. Car companies will advertise this. People will be more willing to buy. We can expect that in two or three years, over 50% of cars in China will be electric.

Challenging the Ternary Battery Market with Affordable Innovation

Right now, 4C ternary batteries are expensive. For example, CATL’s Kirin 4C fast-charge battery is in high-end cars. These cars cost over 400,000 yuan. There aren’t many super-fast charge models under 300,000 yuan.

CATL didn’t say how much the “Super-Charge Battery” costs at the launch. But they did say it’s for everyday people.

At the event, CATL’s top scientist, Wu Kai, said the future of battery tech has two goals. First, to be cutting-edge. Second, to be affordable for most. As users change, more people should benefit from new tech.

CATL’s Chairman, Zeng Yuqun, said the same. The company believes in “Tech Equality.” They want the best tech for everyone. Iron phosphate batteries are cheaper. And the “Super-Charge Battery” won’t be too pricey.

But it’s unclear if this battery will challenge ternary batteries. Ternary batteries are getting cheaper with new methods and materials.

The Future of Iron Phosphate in EVs: A Battle Between Giants

Since 2020, BYD released the “Blade Battery.” Thanks to its safety and range, BYD’s electric car sales soared. They got many customers, both local and international.

Data from the Battery Application Association shows something big. In January this year, BYD’s iron phosphate battery installs reached 5.5GWh. This was the first time they beat CATL. They kept the lead after that.

CATL is a global battery leader. They sell lots of iron phosphate batteries. But people don’t always think of them first for that. CATL made a move. They tackled two big worries about iron phosphate batteries: charging and cold temperatures. They released a battery with 700km range. It charges 400km in 10 minutes. And it works well in the cold. This positions them strongly in the iron phosphate space. Car companies and customers really care about these features. They are super appealing.

So, while the numbers might seem common, their impact is huge. Changes in the market share of iron phosphate models, EV adoption, and battery installs have already begun.