BYD introduces the Blade Battery to two more models

BYD introduces the Blade Battery to two more models
BYD Blade battery with CTP technology

On September 25, the MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) of the People’s Republic of China announced on its official website the 337th batch of “Road Motor Vehicle Manufacturers and Products Announcement”.

We already have a draft with some information to discuss, but the final document will be released on September 30. Only then I can update the article with more details.

 

Now let’s see the information available on this already released draft.

 

  • BEV: 272 models from 99 companies
  • PHEV: 25 models from 15 companies
  • FCEV: 28 models from 17 companies
  • Total: 325 models from 113 companies

 

In China it’s no longer a discussion, BEV is the way to go.

 

Anyway, two fully electric cars on that list are the BYD e2 and e3, which previously had NCM batteries and now get a new module-less and cobalt-free BYD Blade Battery with 47,52 kWh.

 

BYD e2

BYD e2

 

BYD e2 specs

  • Length: 4.240 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2.610 mm
  • Width: 1.760 mm
  • Height: 1.530 mm
  • Total weight: 1.740 kg
  • Curb weight: 1.365 kg
  • Motor: 35 kW (rated) and 70/100 kW (peak)
  • Maximum speed: 130 km/h

 

Previously with a 47,3 kWh NCM battery, the BYD e2 weighted 1.325 kg (40 kg less).

 

BYD e3

BYD e3

 

BYD e3 specs

  • Length: 4.450 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2.610 mm
  • Width: 1.760 mm
  • Height: 1.520 mm
  • Total weight: 1.735 kg
  • Curb weight: 1.360 kg
  • Motor: 35 kW (rated) and 70/100 kW (peak)
  • Maximum speed: 130 km/h

 

Previously with a 47,3 kWh NCM battery, the BYD e3 weighted 1.330 kg (30 kg less).

 

 

Current annual production capacity of BYD Blade Battery is at 6 GWh and isn’t enough to meet demand, but BYD plans to expand to 20 GWh before this year ends. While 6 GWh is only enough for 120.000 battery packs with 50 kWh each, 20 GWh allows to assemble 400.000 units.

So far it seems that the smaller BYD e1 with its 32,2 kWh NCM battery is the only electric car from BYD that is still not confirmed to get a Blade Battery.

 

 

More info:

http://m.evpartner.com/news/detail-53680.html

http://www.bydauto.com.cn/auto/carShow.html-param=e2

http://www.bydauto.com.cn/auto/carShow.html-param=e3

https://www.a2mac1.com/Support/shareddocumentsv2/download.asp?fid=3-30-2020_5-35-54_PM.A2Mac1_DataSheet_BYDe2.pdf

https://byd.com.ec/wp-content/uploads/Ficha-e2-EV300-AF-H.pdf

https://byd.com.ec/wp-content/uploads/Ficha-e3-EV400.pdf

http://www.miit.gov.cn/datainfo/viewCar?carId=302341

http://www.miit.gov.cn/datainfo/viewCar?carId=302477

http://www.miit.gov.cn/datainfo/viewCar?carId=302544

http://www.miit.gov.cn/datainfo/viewCar?carId=302812

Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. Iā€™m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.
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Rodri
Rodri
1 month ago

I missed the BYD Battery Day 3 years ago lol. Given the low prices of kWh and accomplishing same weight and range with LFP cells I would say Chinese manufacturers have now some strategic advantage over Tesla/Panasonic/LG. Given that BYD produces only around 500.000 cars per year, 20 GWh seem ambitious (in a good sense).

Surprisingly China is also still betting for FCEV with several support packages announced. Nonsense in my opinion but similar to past coal subsidies in Europe for political/strategic reasons.
https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/China-tech/Hydrogen-Valley-powers-China-s-fuel-cell-industry

yoyo
yoyo
1 month ago

An interesting note from your BYD Ecuador link..
Ecuador uses the USD and the E2 is being sold there for $24,990 with their NCM batteries..
So being exported across the ocean and with the more expensive battery chemistry the 25k dollar BEV is already here and should get cheaper with the blade batteries…
Hope the BYDs sell good and have high reliability when the hit the EU…
The US may get their 25k BEV next year from Vinfast although they seem to be aiming up market which all auto companies seem to want to do anymore…
https://www.motor1.com/news/445094/vinfast-ev-coming-to-us-2021/

Famlin
Famlin
1 month ago

So they are willing to scrap the NCM and go fully with LFP with iron being cheaper and safer. May be they all have vision. BYD wants to take on companies that buy LFP from CATL.

Going from 6 GWh to 20 GWh is more than 3 fold jump.
I wish BYD made e3 a crossover instead of sedan. Crossovers have captured 49% of chinese auto market.

We have to see at what prices they produce hydrogen. But if the battery swapping by Nio succeeds, then the faster filling time of hydrogen may not stand against the faster swapping time of batteries.

So LFP, battery swapping, fuel cells are all having a 3 way fight.

Famlin
Famlin
1 month ago

Are those companies that made low speed EVs with lead acid batteries moving into BEVs with LFP batteries since the battery cost has gone down.

272 models from 99 companies is a lot.

yoyo
yoyo
1 month ago
Reply to  Famlin

According to the blog listed below 127 different brands have sold have sold 842 different models in China this year…
Chinese law says they all have to sell some amount of new energy vehicles this year…
The blog is showing 204 new energy models have been sold by those companies including normal hybrids…

.https://bestsellingcarsblog.com/2020/09/china-retail-august-2020-changan-73-7-bmw-58-haval-43-8-help-market-score-solid-8-8-gain/

Pedro Lima
Pedro Lima
1 month ago
Reply to  Famlin

I think so.

For example, 5G towers are getting LFP batteries instead of lead-acid.

https://www.luxmanlight.com/lifepo4-battery-will-dominate-along-with-the-expansion-of-5g/

Lead-acid battery production capacity has been dropping in China.

Famlin
Famlin
1 month ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

Makes sense. Seems 1,5 million LSEVs were sold in china in 2018 which consists of both 3 & 4 wheelers.
4 wheeled LSEVs with lead acid batteries have $3.000 price tag and for an extra $1.200 they could buy Wuling MiniEV with 50-60 km extra range and long lasting LFP battery which could easily get their ROI. But for 3 wheeled vehicles which cost below $3.000, still there may not be a viable alternative.

To summarize, chinese to be settling for LFP as the standard and even dropping NMA/NCM batteries. Next year should see the widespread adoption of BEVs there.

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-low-speed-electric-vehicles-affect-chinese.html

For Tesla, its going to take another 3 years to come up with $25.000 BEV. Alone Tesla with very little government support cannot fight against 100+ chinese companies fully backed by their government.

As you said earlier, prismatic batteries could win out.

Rok
Rok
1 month ago
Reply to  Famlin

As far as I can see cylindrical batteries have some important advantages regarding BMS and structural integration so I would not take prismatic cells as a given winner of the future. It is true that most cell producers are making prismatic and not the former cells but with a good proof of concept from 4680 cell this could change and some producers could decide to offer cylindrical ones as well.

JeffX
JeffX
1 month ago

not only Han, e2 and e3 is using blade cell battery, actually all BYD BEV models are transfer to blade cell now, Tang, Song, Yuan, Qin, all released Blade Cell version.