Whereas different corporations look to experimental solid-state batteries to spice up vitality density, Chinese language automaker GAC is discovering methods to enhance present lithium iron phosphate (LFP) chemistry.
GAC just lately unveiled a “tremendous iron” LFP battery, with a declare of 20% better vitality density by quantity in comparison with standard LFP cells, by way of microcrystalline expertise—reaching a 13.5% vitality density enhance on the cell-quality stage.
The battery was unveiled alongside quite a few different tech options and autos on the firm’s 2022 GAC Tech Day, and was solely briefly talked about in that presentation.
The corporate additionally unveiled a prototype hydrogen combustion engine introduced late final yr. The 1.5-liter engine burns 0.84 kg of hydrogen per 100 km, in keeping with GAC, which showcased the engine in a minivan idea. It is unclear if this engine will go into manufacturing, nevertheless. And it is unlikely that it might attain the USA if it did.
GAC Entranze idea, 2019 Detroit auto present
As a refresher, GAC had been planning for a U.S. launch, however a number of years in the past targeted extra on its residence market and teamed up with Nio for EV growth. GAC at the moment sells EVs in China underneath the Aion model identify, together with an assortment of internal-combustion fashions throughout a number of manufacturers.
Previous to that, it introduced a number of autos to the Detroit Auto Present in 2017 and 2019. Among the many product prospects was the Entranze, a futuristic-looking electrical minivan idea unveiled in 2019.
Chinese language automakers and battery producers embraced LFP battery cells extra rapidly than corporations in different areas, however LFP chemistry is not the only real area of Chinese language-market automakers. Tesla already makes use of LFP cells in some autos manufactured and offered in the USA, and Rivian plans to as properly.