Chinese battery and EV manufacturer Gotion High-Tech has announced that its in-house researchers have developed a long-life EV battery, the L600 Astroinno, with a range of over 621 miles and a lifespan that could reach 130 years.
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If the company makes good on its promise to bring it to market by 2024, it could transform the EV charging industry for years. Here are only some of the characteristics that make it such a game-changer.
What Sets the Gotion 130-Year EV Battery Apart from Its Competitors?
Imagine a Model T whose original engine still runs after all these years without parts replacements. If Gotion’s 130-year EV battery performs as well as its makers predict, it could eliminate many buyers’ aversion to an EV – the high cost of a replacement battery.
Barring Accidental Damage, Owners Could Enjoy a Lifetime of Service
EV batteries can only function as a car’s powerplant for so long. Most carmakers’ battery warranties run out after 5-8 years, although some experts predict that most EV batteries should last anywhere from 10 to 20 years.
That’s still a far cry from Gotion’s 130 years of useful service. Given the high initial cost of an electric vehicle, owners want to get enough life out of their cars to make that investment feasible.
Unfortunately, the cost of a new battery can run anywhere from $4,000 to $20,000, according to a J.D. Power report. The thought of needing to replace that battery sends shivers down the spines of potential buyers, especially given EV batteries’ vulnerability to even minor accidents.
A battery rugged enough to last for 130 years should ease the fears of EV holdouts who worry about replacement costs. Owners might even want to include a provision about “who gets the car” in their wills – if Gotion’s battery lives up to the hype.
With Its Remarkable Range, The Gotion Battery Should Hold Its Own Among Its Peers
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With a range of 621 miles, the Gotion battery could easily go farther without a charge than anything else on the market today. Even the $250,000 high-end Lucid Air model can only go 516 miles before pulling over to charge back up.
Compared to Toyota’s Solid-State Prototype
However, if Toyota ever brings its solid-state prototype to market, Gotion will be looking at some serious rivalry in the range category. With a 745-mile projected range and a charge time of only 10 minutes, it should be a formidable powerplant.
But can the Toyota battery last for 130 years, though? If its battery life compares to solid-state batteries tested recently, it should go for 369,000 miles or so. That pales compared to the Gotion battery, which could theoretically last over 1,242,000 miles, about 130 years. And Toyota doesn’t plan to produce its prototype EV battery until 2027, giving Gotion a head start in the long-life EV battery race.
Compared to the nanoFlowcell Flow Battery
If nanoFlowcell plans to bring its flow battery to the US shores soon, Gotion will face some formidable competition. The nanoFlowcell battery’s impressive 1,200-mile range almost doubles that of the Gotion EV battery.
That’s not all. The nanoFlowcell battery’s projected lifespan rivals that of the Gotion prototype. With the company’s 50,000-hour guarantee, the battery should last over 1 million miles, close enough to last a lifetime or more.
Still, the Gotion battery holds the edge over the nanoFlowcell model for sheer lasting power. With nearly 25 percent more miles than the nanoFlowcell battery, it’s a masterwork of technology that could span nearly two lifetimes.
What’s the Technology Behind Gotion’s L600 Astroinno EV Battery?
Challenges in growing the energy density of lithium-iron-phosphate (LMP) EV batteries led the research team that developed the L600 Astroinno to try manganese doping to see if this technique could move the needle on their EV battery’s density.
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Their hunch worked after tweaking the process with new electrolyte additives and granulation technology, co-precipitation, and doping encapsulation. The new lithium-iron-manganese phosphate (LMFP) battery made the 10 years the researchers spent developing it worth the time.
The coming EV battery has 540 Wh/L in volumetric energy density and 240 Wh/kg gravimetric energy density, allowing it to “achieve more than 4,000 cycles at room temperature and 1800 cycles at high temperature,” according to Gotion Global executive president Cheng Qian. That high energy density gives the Gotion EV battery its long range and life without relying on questionably sourced cobalt materials.
What Does the Gotion Battery Mean for the EV Charging Industry?
The Gotion battery’s extended range and much longer lifespan than its competitors will make owners of fossil fuel-powered cars take a second look when shopping for their next car. Few gas- or diesel-powered vehicles can travel 621 miles without a fill-up. That’s close to even the longest-range fossil fuel-powered cars. Most are lucky to get even 500 miles to a tank.
But that’s not all. What car buyer could resist an engine that would power their car for life?
And, with the LMFP technology making it cheaper for Gotion to produce the Astroinno, that price cut will trickle down to the sticker price. That factor alone could steer some buyers toward purchasing an EV. More EV buyers mean more business for the country’s charging stations and the EV charging infrastructure that powers them.
As for charging speed, the Astroinno EV battery will take only 15-20 minutes for a full charge. That short time allows charging station owners to offer fast food and other amenities to help drivers rest their eyes and recharge for the next 621 miles.
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Even better, with the Gotion battery’s rapid charging speed, more customers can come through a company’s charging station daily, building revenue with every charge, snack, and drink customers purchase. Charging station owners and infrastructure providers need to plan to take advantage of the influx of customers that will likely come their way in 2024 and beyond, thanks to this emerging technology.
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