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A new battery from China is said to give electric cars a range of 400 kilometers in just ten minutes. The "Shenxing" cell will herald an "era of super-fast charging of electric vehicles", announced the largest Chinese battery manufacturer CATL. For comparison: Tesla states that its Supercharger can charge its Model 3 for up to 275 km within 15 minutes. Overall, the battery from CATL should enable a range of 700 kilometers per charge.
Mass production of the lithium iron phosphate cell is scheduled to start this year. Deliveries are then scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2024. China is the leader in the electric car battery market. In December 2022, CATL started its first production outside of China in Thuringia. The plant in Arnstadt near Erfurt can produce up to 30 million battery cells per year.
According to the manufacturer, the new battery can be charged to 80 percent in ten minutes at room temperature. At a temperature of minus ten degrees, 30 minutes should be necessary. "As EV users shift from pioneers to ordinary users, we should make advanced technology accessible to all and allow everyone to enjoy the fruits of innovation," said Wu Kai, CATL senior scientist.
The product is a "milestone in the development of battery technology for electric vehicles and will accelerate the comprehensive transition to electromobility worldwide," says the company in its press release.