While different corporations look to experimental solid-state batteries to spice up power density, Chinese automaker GAC is discovering methods to enhance current lithium iron phosphate (LFP) chemistry.
GAC not too long ago unveiled a “super iron” LFP battery, with a declare of 20% better power density by quantity in comparison with typical LFP cells, by way of microcrystalline know-how—reaching a 13.5% power density enhance on the cell-quality stage.
The battery was unveiled alongside various different tech options and autos on the firm’s 2022 GAC Tech Day, and was solely briefly talked about in that presentation.
The firm 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 line with GAC, which showcased the engine in a minivan idea. It’s unclear if this engine will go into manufacturing, nevertheless. And it is unlikely that it will attain the United States 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 centered extra on its house market and teamed up with Nio for EV improvement. GAC at the moment sells EVs in China beneath the Aion model identify, together with an assortment of internal-combustion fashions throughout a number of manufacturers.
Prior to that, it introduced a number of autos to the Detroit Auto Show in 2017 and 2019. Among the product prospects was the Entranze, a futuristic-looking electrical minivan idea unveiled in 2019.
Chinese automakers and battery producers embraced LFP battery cells extra shortly than corporations in different areas, however LFP chemistry is not the only area of Chinese-market automakers. Tesla already makes use of LFP cells in some autos manufactured and offered within the United States, and Rivian plans to as effectively.