China’s First Expressway Truck Battery Exchange Service Commissioned

(Yicai Global) Feb. 24 — China’s first highway battery exchange service for heavy-duty trucks on main lines has officially started operations.

Developed by Chinese electric battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology, the transmission line, which spans a 175-kilometre section of highway linking the cities of Ningde and Fuzhou, the provincial capital of Fujian province, was on duty February 22, based in Ningde. CATL said in a statement yesterday.

The first batch of battery-changeable dump trucks jointly developed by CATL and Chinese heavy machinery giant Sany Heavy Industry was also delivered yesterday, the company added. The trucks use CATL’s large capacity lithium iron phosphate battery and can swap batteries in three to five minutes.

CATL Contemporary Amperex Energy Service Technology unit yesterday drafted a strategic cooperation memorandum with a Fujian Expressway Group unit that the pair will establish a joint venture to build and operate battery exchange service stations in service areas. expressways across Fujian and expand the network to neighboring provinces in the future, CATL added.

CATL chose heavy trucks for the battery swap because of their high feasibility, a commercial vehicle industry insider told Yicai Global. Truck routes in commercial operations are fixed, which makes the cost of constructing battery swap stations along the routes relatively low and requires less complicated technologies, especially for transporting heavy trucks over short distances. distances.

The range of electric trucks is only around 300 km or less, the insider noted, adding that using swappable batteries is more efficient than recharging in this case.

These battery-swappable heavy-duty trucks will be fully introduced in application scenarios such as mainline transportation, mining, urban infrastructure, ports and factory logistics, CATL said.

In January, CATL launched its battery swap brand named Evogo, from a combination of the words “evolution” and “go”. CAES has launched pilot operations in 10 Chinese cities for a vehicle model under FAW Group’s Bestune marquee.

China had just 1,298 cell swapping facilities at the end of last year, according to data from the Alliance for Promoting Electric Vehicle Charging and Swapping Infrastructure in China. The market was essentially split between Chinese new-energy vehicle maker Nio, which is actively promoting the swap mode, and battery-swapping service provider Aulton New Energy Automotive Technology.

Editing: Tang Shihua, Futura Costaglione

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