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Zeekr’s New Golden Batteries Are … Golden

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EV battery expertise continues to advance, typically at what appears to be a speedy clip. A lot of the progress is delicate, incremental, practically ignored progress that finally provides as much as loads. Among the progress, although, is golden. To be particular, there’s a brand new golden battery going into the Zeekr 007 electrical automobile, and it’s each eye catching and a giant deal.

Is that this golden battery coming from CATL? Or is it coming from LG Chem or Panasonic? No, it’s not coming from any of these battery giants — it was developed in-house at Zeekr!

As with a not too long ago launched CATL battery used within the Li Mega, although, we’re speaking tremendous quick charging that may add 500 km (311 miles) of driving vary in quarter-hour. “The brand new LFP battery helps ultra-fast charging enhanced by 800V electrical system,” Zeekr writes. Moreover, the corporate plans to function 1,000 EV quick chargers in 2024 with a purpose to assist take advantage of the brand new battery. As of the tip of November, Zeekr had opened 401 ultra-fast EV charging stations providing 2,200 charging posts. All of that is simply in China. For now. Other than the aim of reaching 1,000 EV ultra-fast chargers in 2024, the corporate plans to have 10,000 charging posts in operation by 2026.

The Zeekr 007, with deliveries starting in January 2024, would be the first mannequin to make use of the battery, however a number of different fashions are already deliberate that can use the battery as properly.

Right here some extra perspective on the golden batteries: “LFP batteries are historically regarded by the trade to have decrease power density as compared with nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) batteries on the cell stage. With the intention to deal with that, ZEEKR’s engineers fastidiously designed the battery pack for the brand new LFP to realize excessive power density on the pack stage. Because of the appliance of newly-developed supplies and simplified structural design, the amount utilization of the brand new battery pack reaches 83.7%, larger than many world friends.”

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