CATL has moved up the mass production shipments of the Qilin Battery to the end of this year instead of the previously mentioned 2023, according to local media.

CATL moves up Qilin Battery's mass production shipments to year-end, report says-CnEVPost

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Chinese power battery giant CATL said at the time of the Qilin Battery's launch in June that the battery would be in mass production in 2023. The latest rumors, however, say that timeline will be brought forward.

CATL's CTP (cell to pack) 3.0 Qilin Battery will be ready for mass production shipments by the end of this year, rather than the previously announced 2023, local media outlet The Paper reported today, citing sources familiar with the matter.

The first production batteries will be loaded on the Zeekr 009, the first MPV of Geely's premium electric vehicle (EV) brand Zeekr, in the first quarter of next year, the report said.

CATL unveiled the Qilin Battery on June 23, saying the technology allows for a record-breaking 72 percent volume utilization, making it the highest integrated battery in the world today.

The battery can reach an energy density of 255 Wh/kg, easily allowing vehicles to achieve a range of 1,000 kilometers, CATL said at the time.

On August 27, CATL announced that Zeekr's upcoming Zeekr 009 MPV will be the world's first vehicle to feature the Qilin Battery, without revealing the MPV's range.

Zeekr's only model currently on sale, the Zeekr 001 coupe, will use an ultra-long-range version of the Qilin Battery and will be the world's first production model to carry the 1,000-kilometer range Qilin Battery, CATL said at the time.

In addition to Zeekr, CATL also announced with the Seres Group that the latter's Huawei-backed AITO brand will also be one of the first to use the Qilin Battery.

For now, Qilin Battery will cost more than CATL's CTP 2.0 packs, which are currently in mass production, The Paper reported today, citing sources familiar with the matter.

This is primarily due to the use of a high nickel formulation for the cathode and the extensive use of water-cooled plates in the pack's construction.

The price of a Qilin Battery-equipped model is likely to exceed 400,000 yuan ($57,300), which could be a challenge for the battery in widespread use in the future, the report said.

In addition, the CTP 3.0 Qilin Battery has a versatile flexible sandwich design compared to the CTP 2.0 technology and requires a new production line to produce the cell blocks for the pack.

The machines and equipment used to produce CTP 2.0 packs cannot be used directly to produce this new battery, also becoming another challenge for Qilin Battery mass production, the report noted.

Zeekr to be first brand to use CATL Qilin Battery, Zeekr 001 with 1000 km range to be launched in Q2 2023

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