Chery Auto becomes the first company to use mass-produced Sodium-Ion Batteries in EVs.
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Chery Auto becomes the first company to use mass-produced Sodium-Ion Batteries in EVs.

CATL's sodium-ion batteries offer advantages in safety, cost, and performance over lithium batteries.

Chinese battery maker CATL has announced that Chery Auto will be the first company to use mass-produced sodium-ion batteries in their electric vehicles. CATL’s sodium-ion batteries were unveiled in July 2021, with an energy density of 160Wh/kg, slightly less than lithium-iron phosphate (LFP) batteries but with other advantages, including cheaper manufacturing costs, better performance in low temperatures, and being safer.

Chery Auto, which launched a new iCar brand, has announced that CATL’s first sodium-ion battery will power their EV models. CATL also announced that the next-generation sodium-ion batteries will exceed an energy density of 200 Wh/kg and will go into mass production in 2023. The development of sodium-ion batteries has exceeded expectations, and it has become apparent that using sodium-ion batteries in EVs is inevitable.

Sodium-ion batteries have several benefits over lithium batteries, including being safer, better able to withstand cold temperatures, having a slower discharge rate, being cheaper to produce, and being better for the environment. However, they also have some disadvantages, such as a slower charge rate, lower attainable voltage, and lower energy density.

It was not initially clear that sodium-ion batteries would be used in EVs. Some analysts in China speculated that the CATL sodium-ion battery project was only intended to put pressure on lithium suppliers. However, the development of sodium-ion batteries has gone better than expected, and with rising lithium prices, it has become apparent that using sodium-ion batteries in EVs is inevitable.

As CATL confirms that their sodium-ion batteries are expected to power electric vehicles, it seems logical that sodium-ion batteries will become more widely used in EVs in the future. However, it will be important to continue to monitor the development and adoption of this technology to see how it compares to other types of batteries over time.

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