SVOLT Energy Technology, formerly the battery business unit of Great Wall Motor, a main Chinese automotive manufacturer, has declared on August 31 that it has successfully developed a cobalt-free lithium-ion (li-ion) battery. Unveiling the result on Chengdu Motor Show in China, the company claimed that the cobalt-free battery had already entered mass production, currently being used in Great Wall Motor’s ORA Cherry Cat EV, also demonstrated in the motor show.
Stating that the battery pack has a total capacity of 82.5KWh and an energy density of 170Wh/kg, SVOLT stopped short of specifying its exact manufacturing capacity as well as when the Cherry Cat EVs will be widely available.
Despite SVOLT’s claim to be the first in the industry to bring cobalt-free batteries to market, in 2020 Tesla and its supplier CATL, China’s largest li-ion battery manufacturer, have already deployed cobalt-free lithium-iron phosphate (LFP) batteries in the Model 3 vehicles produced in Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory.
Reference: Sina News