CATL and VWCO announce a strategic partnership for commercial vehicles

14 October 2019, 03:29:26

CATL and VWCO announce a strategic partnership for commercial vehiclesCATL and Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus (VWCO) have entered strategic long-term cooperation. According to the agreement, CATL will provide one of the largest Latin American producers of trucks and buses with batteries and is engaged in the whole process of battery development, manufacturing, as well as recycle and secondary use. The first vehicle to benefit from the agreement is the e-Delivery in its 11-ton and 14-ton models. This is the first VWCO electric vehicle and the first 100% electric-powered light truck in Latin America. It will be launched in the market in 2020.

The battery pack is specifically designed for commercial vehicles and will use the LFP chemistry system, which is characterised by long cycle life and high thermal runaway temperature of up to 800°C, the product has outstanding performance in safety and reliability. In addition, by adopting the cell–to-pack (CTP) technology, which includes more than 70 core patents, conventional module parts could be removed to increase integration efficiency from 75% to 90%, and to ultimately achieve a system energy density that is as high as 160Wh/kg. It arrives with an integrated cooling plate.

"We are constantly leveraging our strong technological position and global presence by providing highly efficient and reliable battery solution to e-mobility. Beyond the success in the passenger vehicle field, we keep extending the successful experience and expertise to electric trucks as well," Zhou Jia, President of CATL, said, "Cooperating with VWCO and being a part of the e-Consortium are the key elements of realizing our shared commitment in global sustainable development."

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