CATL to deliver electric skateboard chassis that enables 620 miles range in 2024
CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd.) has unveiled its CIIC skateboard platform, boasting an impressive 620 miles range and a rapid charging capability of 186 miles in just 5 minutes. This cutting-edge technology promises to redefine the electric vehicle landscape and potentially disrupt the automotive industry.
CATL, a leading Chinese battery manufacturer, has successfully integrated batteries, electric motors, and essential components into a single platform, known as the CATL Integrated Intelligent Chassis (CIIC). This innovation aims to reduce production costs, vehicle weight, and energy consumption while maximizing passenger space within the EV.
Partnering with Hozon Auto, a Chinese EV manufacturer that owns the Neta brand, CATL has taken a significant step towards implementing its CIIC skateboard chassis. The collaboration between focuses on the joint development of CIIC-powered models, with the first one slated for launch in the third quarter of 2024.
Recent testing conducted in both extremely cold and hot climates has demonstrated the robustness of the CIIC platform. It apparently achieved an astounding 620 miles range, and even after the 30% reduction in range during harsh winter conditions of 19°F you are still looking at great autonomy. The chassis's energy consumption, measured at 10.5 kWh per 62 miles, highlights its efficiency, while the rapid charging capability of adding 186 miles in just 5 minutes will further boost long-distance traveling credentials.CATL and Neta are already working on vehicles using the CIIC architecture
CATL's CIIC platform incorporates high-voltage and low-voltage systems, steering and braking systems, and chassis domain controllers. The use of Cell-to-Chassis (CTC) technology further enhances its capabilities. Mass production of the first EV equipped with CIIC is set to commence in the third quarter of the following year, marking a significant milestone in the evolution of EV technology.
However, the big question remains: What's CATL's ultimate goal? Will it venture into producing its own EVs, with automakers merely adding their logos? While this scenario seems unlikely at the moment, it's intriguing to speculate whether CATL can attract more companies to join the CIIC project. The prospect of substantial cost reductions and accelerated development cycles may be enticing for legacy automakers who are currently forced to invest heavily in their own chassis and platform research and development.
- Mr T
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- 02 Dec 2023