Wednesday, May 22, 2024

The Chinese claim to have solved the electric car's biggest problem

The biggest Achilles heel of the electric car is the charging time, which just cannot keep up with the refueling of a fossil car. Now Chinese CATL may be getting closer to the solution.

The electric car's biggest problem is that it doesn't charge fast enough.

Narrators of the car type defend themselves by saying that you just have to think differently to buy an electric car. Change the habit in other words.

But that kind of thing is of no use when it's on the car's terms. Now, however, Chinese CATL may have the solution.

The same company also says that solid state batteries, which have been touted several times as the electric car's real revolution, are far off in the future. Read more about it here .

READ ALSO: The world's best charging park for electric cars is NOT in Denmark

But back to the actual news. Because the Chinese now say that it's all about chemistry. The way the batteries are assembled.

That's what Auto Bild writes.

CATL calls the battery Shenxing Plus. And apparently it can be charged to 600 kilometers in just ten minutes. Still somewhat slower than you can fill up a diesel or petrol car for the same number of kilometres.

But if the Chinese are right, the technologies are converging. However, CATL's announcement should be taken with one or more grains of salt, as the company is subject to the regulations of the Chinese dictatorship.

The same provisions that have previously led a Swedish security researcher to warn against sharing secrets in a Volvo. Read more about it here .

READ ALSO: Danish car company bankrupt – sly celebrity worth millions

But back to the battery. Last August, CATEL presented the Shenxing battery, which the Chinese say can be charged for 400 kilometers of driving in 10 minutes. The little 'plus' has added 200 kilometers within the same time frame.

As mentioned, it all depends on chemistry. Instead of lithium-ion, the Chinese use lithium iron phosphate. It should, say the Chinese, not just extend the battery's general lifespan.

It must also be both cheaper and safer to carry around. The flip side of the coin, however, is the energy density. It is lower. Which means that a larger and thus heavier battery is needed to get the same number of kilometers.

Conversely, there are many indications that the industry in general has found reverse gear when it comes to electric cars. In any case, several of the big brands are now regretting the goal of throwing out the internal combustion engine. Read more about it here .

Read more exciting news from and about the world of cars right here!

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