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BYD to introduce new second-generation 1000km battery technology

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Second-gen blade battery tech promises a longer driving range and lower costs within months from on sale in China, with Australia to follow. 

BYD will introduce its second-generation ‘blade’ battery pack – with enough range to drive an electric car from Sydney to Melbourne on a single charge – as soon as August 2024.

The new technology will usurp the introduction of solid-state batteries with a similar claimed range by the world’s largest car maker, Toyota, currently planned for 2026 at the earliest.

BYD Chairman Wang Chuanfu revealed details of the second-generation ‘blade’ lithium-ion phosphate (LFP) battery technology during a recent finance conference, according to Chinese website Fast Technology.

The new battery will be lighter, smaller and more efficient than BYD’s first-generation LFP batteries – introduced in 2020 and used in current BYD electric cars sold in Australia – with as much as 190kWh density enabling up to 1000km range (CLTC, or China Light-Duty Vehicles Test Cycle).

For comparison, the Tesla Model 3 is Australia’s best-selling electric vehicle and offers 629km (WLTP, or Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure) on a single charge of its Long Range version.

The updated 2025 Porsche Taycan scheduled to arrive in local showrooms this July will have the longest range of any electric car sold in Australia at 678km (WLTP).

The Taycan will knock off the current best of 655km (WLTP) from the Polestar 2 – but both will be beaten by the Zeekr 009 electric people mover planned to arrive in 2025 with an 822km range.

BYD currently sells three electric vehicles in Australia, with the BYD Seal having the longest range. It offers 570km (WLTP) range using first-generation LFP blade batteries with 150kWh density.

While the CLTC and WLTP figures are not a direct comparison – with CLCT figures considered overly optimistic – the second-gen blade batteries will clearly offer significant gains.

The ‘blade’ name comes from the way the individual battery cells are arranged in the packs, a more space-efficient method allowing 50 per cent more cells in the same space as rival batteries.

Fast Technology reported BYD’s battery company FinDreams – the world’s second-largest automotive battery manufacturer behind CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited) – will introduce the latest technology as soon as August, if not later in 2024.

The heightened capability suggests the new battery technology is competitive with claims from Toyota.

The Japanese car maker says new solid-state battery technology it plans to offer from 2027 will provide as much as 1200km range.

The boss of CATL recently denounced solid-state battery technology as not yet viable and suggested safety concerns. CATL is instead looking to ‘Qilin’ technology to bring similar ranges to electric cars as the next breakthrough.

CATL began production of a fast-charging ‘4C’ lithium battery capable of providing 400km of charge in as little as ten minutes.

BYD’s FinDreams recently partnered with CATL and other companies in the development of solid-state batteries.

Both are part of a consortium of Chinese battery manufacturers called CASIP (China All-Solid-State Battery Collaborative Innovation Platform), which also includes electric car maker Nio.

The post BYD to introduce new second-generation 1000km battery technology appeared first on Drive.

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