"People often say that cars need to be redefined, so do batteries need to be redefined? Our answer is yes, the new definition is called car-grade batteries." On December 16, Yang Hongxin, President of Hive Energy, announced in the 10th Global New Said during a speech at the Energy Vehicles Conference (GNEV10).
Yang Hongxin said in an interview with media including Car Home that the industry currently does not have a unified definition of car-grade batteries, which has caused chaos in the industry. For example, in view of the boom in new energy vehicles and the huge increase in demand for batteries, the technology and strength of practitioners in the battery industry are uneven, and even B-type batteries can be installed in vehicles, causing a series of safety accidents. "But these companies will eventually withdraw from the historical stage due to market development."
So what is a car-grade battery? Yang Hongxin said that Hive's definition of car-grade batteries is closely related to vehicle attributes and usage scenarios, and is designed and manufactured around the vehicle's requirements for safety, reliability, and consistency, and passes special tests, covering But it is not limited to lithium-ion power batteries that meet a series of standards such as vehicle-grade raw materials, vehicle-grade manufacturing control, vehicle-grade systematic design, and vehicle-grade test specifications.
The definition of car-grade batteries also redefines the players in the battery industry. Yang Hongxin believes that in the future, only these three types of battery companies have a greater chance of survival: R & D and design of battery companies starting from car-grade batteries; Enterprises such as the Ningde era; auto companies' own battery supply systems, such as BYD and Hive Energy, including themselves, because "Hive Energy is a brother company controlled by Great Wall and tied with Great Wall Motors." It is based on car-grade battery manufacturing and design standards, Yang Hongxin said that Hive Energy aims to become a global independent power battery supplier to provide services to global automotive companies.
According to Yang Hongxin, Honeycomb Energy focuses on laminated battery technology. Batteries manufactured with this technology have lower internal resistance, longer cycle life, better thermal performance, and higher energy density. Great Wall WEYP8, Euler IQ, Euler R1 and other models will use battery packs derived from Honeycomb Energy in the future.
In terms of production capacity, Honeycomb Energy has already put into operation a production capacity of 4GWh, and it is expected to add 8GWh in 2020. By 2025, Hive Energy will have a planned production capacity of 100 GWh, of which 76 GWh is domestic and 24 GWh is foreign.
In terms of products, at present, Hive Energy mainly uses square laminated cells, and also has cobalt-free batteries and solid-state battery technologies. According to the plan, cobalt-free batteries may be mass-produced in the third quarter of 2020, and the plan for solid-state batteries will be after 2025. For the quaternary battery, Yang Hongxin said that this is a means of publicity for the honeycomb battery, but compared to the ternary battery, it does add a new element, which can increase the boundary strength between the grains. The structure and response are more stable. It is planned to measure production in the four seasons of 2020.