Chinese startup make EV and cell-to-chassis tech
Chinese startup strategies to ditch battery loads completely and integrate cells straight with an EV’s framework.
With this goal in mind, Neta Auto on Wednesday announced a cooperative contract with battery supplier CATL to make use of the latter’s cell-to-chassis technology, branded as Integrated Intelligent Chassis (CIIC).
In a news release, Neta claimed it would certainly be the first Chinese EV company to create this tech, yet really did not state when it may appear in a manufacturing lorry. It might additionally be the first to do so for an automobile anywhere in the globe.
Cell-to-chassis means all battery parts are housed in the vehicle’s structure, without any requirement for a separate battery pack. Neta Auto declares this will aid boost everything from array to security.
CATL at Frankfurt auto show
CATL’s CIIC is essentially a one-stop approach, with the battery supplier looking to combine its cell-to-pack tech with motors and other drive components in the chassis, allowing multiple EVs from a modular architecture.
This is one step past the cell-to-pack battery tech that CATL, which has been partnering with Neta Auto since 2021, is starting to offer to automakers. Cell-to-pack tech is making its debut in the Chinese market Zeekr 009 electric van, and potentially in models from Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis.
A collaboration announced between CATL and Vinfast in October, likewise stating CATL’s CIIC skateboard, may additionally potentially result in more budget-friendly EVs for emerging markets.
Tesla originally suggested that its 4680 cells would go right into a structural battery, however, based on reports, that architectural pack is still removable– so existing Tesla EVs aren’t there.
One of the negative aspects of such a method could be the recyclability of batteries– as specific cells could be more difficult to reuse as well as eliminate than a pack itself. With CATL asserting that it can make 16-year, million-mile cells, the next requirement may then be making the cars themselves a lot more durable.