A Million-Mile Battery From China Could Power Your Electric Car


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Source: Bloomberg

The Chinese behemoth that makes electric-car batteries for Tesla Inc. and Volkswagen AG developed a power pack that lasts more than a million miles — an industry landmark and a potential boon for automakers trying to sway drivers to their EV models.

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. is ready to produce a battery that lasts 16 years and 2 million kilometers (1.24 million miles), Chairman Zeng Yuqun said in an interview at company headquarters in Ningde, southeastern China. Warranties on batteries currently used in electric cars cover about 150,000 miles or eight years, according to BloombergNEF.

Extending that lifespan is viewed as a key advance because the pack could be reused in a second vehicle. That would lower the expense of owning an electric vehicle, a positive for an industry that’s seeking to recover sales momentum lost to the coronavirus outbreak and the slumping oil prices that made gas guzzlers more competitive.

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  1. The time is over when China used to copy Western technology. Now we need to copy chinese inventions…

  2. A Chinese car battery-maker says it is ready to manufacture a product capable of powering a vehicle for 1.2 million miles (two million kilometres) across the course of a 16-year lifespan.

    By contrast, most automakers only offer warranties ranging from 60,000 to 150,000 miles over a three to eight-year period on their cars’ batteries.

    Contemporary Amperex Technology has not revealed who it intends to supply.

    But it was previously reported that the battery was co-developed with Tesla.

    The latest news was revealed in an interview Catl’s chairman gave to the Bloomberg news agency.

    “If someone places an order, we are ready to produce,” it quoted Zeng Yuqun as saying.

    He added that it was set, however, to cost a 10% premium over the batteries it already supplies.

    The company signed a two-year deal to supply batteries for Tesla’s Model 3 cars in February. Its other clients include BMW, Daimler, Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.


  3. Amazon is testing some of the electric delivery vans that it developed with Rivian Automotive on routes in Los Angeles, the companies announced Wednesday.

    In September 2019, Amazon announced it would purchase 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from Rivian as part of its aim to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its operations by 2040. Amazon started a fund, and invested in Rivian through it, as part of this pledge.

    The e-commerce titans debuted one version of their delivery vans in October last year. Now, Amazon says it will test the custom electric vehicles in as many as 16 different cities in 2021.

    In a statement sent to CNBC, Ross Rachey, director of Amazon’s global fleet and products, said the electrification effort is a point of pride for the company. It has required Amazon to install thousands of electric vehicle chargers and change up the electrical design and layout of delivery facilities in North America and Europe.


  4. Speculation that Apple Inc. is seeking a partner to develop its own electric vehicle swept through South Korea and Japan, where shares of major car companies climbed on reports of discussions with the maker of the iPhone.

    Kia Motors Corp. is talking to potential partners about a plan to assemble an Apple-designed car, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Separately, the Nikkei newspaper said Apple was in discussions with at least six automakers. Conjecture around Apple’s secretive project to design and sell its own car re-emerged in December after a hiatus of several years, with Kia’s part-owner Hyundai Motor Co. mentioned as a potential partner.

    The key question is how serious Apple is about taking on Tesla Inc. and other electric-vehicle makers, and whether it has determined it will need a established manufacturer to be able to roll out its own product. The Cupertino, California-based company is said to have a small team of engineers developing drive systems, as well as designers, but with development work at an early stage, any roll out probably won’t happen for another five years.


  5. Volkswagen (VWAGY) will bring EV batteries in-house and set a timeline for switching to solid-state batteries, sharpening its challenge to Tesla (TSLA). Volkswagen stock rose.

    The world’s second largest automaker by sales outlined a significant new EV roadmap Monday, focusing on batteries and charging technology.

    By 2030, the German auto giant will set up six “gigafactories” for battery cells in Europe, relying on both partnerships and the expansion of in-house production.

    Volkswagen also will hike investment in Sweden’s Northvolt, its leading supplier of battery cells, including a $14 billion order over the next decade. The plants will have a combined production capacity of 240 gigawatt hours per year, VW said.

    Eventually it eyes solid-state battery cells by the middle of the decade. In the meantime, VW unveiled a cell that helps bridge the gap. “The new prismatic unified cell also offers the best conditions for the transition to the solid state cell — the next quantum leap in battery technology … .”

    The prismatic unified cell will launch in 2023 and could slash battery costs in half, Volkswagen said.

    Solid-state batteries could transform electric cars with fast recharging times, lower costs and increased battery life, thereby removing obstacles that have held back the mass adoption of electric vehicles.

    Volkswagen has partnered with solid-state battery maker QuantumScape (QS) for nearly a decade. In 2018, the companies set up a joint venture to make solid-state batteries and VW now owns a stake in the California-based company.

    QuantumScape appeared to achieve a major breakthrough in developing solid-state lithium metal batteries. The batteries promise to be safer and cheaper, have a longer life span, charge faster and have more energy density than existing lithium ion batteries.

    On Feb. 16, the company revealed it can produce multilayered battery cells. Its four-layer battery is still short of the 12 or so needed to be commercially viable. But the company is confident enough in its ability to make progress that it decided to build a “pre-pilot” production facility to make “enough batteries for hundreds of long-range battery electric test vehicles per year” by 2023.


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