CATL Launches Fast-Charging ‘Qilin’ EV Battery Packs

The world’s largest producer of battery cells, Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd (CATL), has just unveiled a new battery pack technology featuring a higher integration level.

CATL launched its “Qilin” battery this week, a next-generation cell-to-pack technology that can easily offer a range of over 1,000 km (621 miles), according to a press release shared on Thursday.

The Qilin battery pack features a higher integration level than other battery packs, so it can charge vehicles from 10 to 80 percent in just 10 minutes, or in five minutes if the battery is pre-heated.

The improved pack has a volume utilization efficiency of 72 percent, and an energy density of up to 255 Wh/kg for a record-breaking integration level worldwide.

The battery packs are a CTP 3.0 structure with improved computing and AI capacity, along with a water cooling design between adjacent cells.

CATL announced plans last month to supply BMW with EV batteries starting as soon as 2025, and the battery supplier also was approved earlier this year to build a battery factory near Tesla’s Giga Berlin.

Additionally, CATL is looking to build a $5 billion plant somewhere in North America, likely in the U.S.

In addition to supplying Tesla, BMW and others, CATL has also been in talks with Ford over supplying batteries to the automaker’s Candian plant.