Electric Vehicles BYD Qin

Published on August 15th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro

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BYD To Begin Production of Lithium Manganese Iron Phosphate Batteries

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BYD Qin

China’s BYD is seriously considering going all-in with hybrid and electric cars, and the next step for the company could be lithium manganese iron phosphate batteries. The Chinese automaker plans to begin production of these new batteries next year, reports Green Car Congress.

The lithium-manganese-iron-phosphate cathodes could allow these batteries to have a 10% to 15% greater energy density than standard lithium-ion batteries. In an EV like the Nissan LEAF, that’s translate to an extra 7 to 10 miles of driving per charge. Not groundbreaking, but certainly beneficial.

This battery chemistry also has lower costs, which will make EVs more accessible for the average customer. China is planning a big push to get car buyers into electric vehicles, with generous incentives that can top $10,000 or more in major metro areas.

BYD wants to make a major play for the growing EV market in China, and this new battery could give them an advantage over other companies saddled with less-dense energy storage units.

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  • Jouni Valkonen

    There is a mistake in article. Adding manganese into batteries improves the energy density 10 to 15 % compared to standard lithium-iron-phosphate batteries. It is still lower energy density than e.g. LEAF battery has. Not to mention Tesla’s batteries that have superior energy density for both LEAF and BYD batteries.

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