ORA Cherry Cat debuts NMx cobalt-free battery from SVOLT

ORA Cherry Cat

The Cherry Cat is the first SUV made by ORA, which is the affordable brand of the giant Chinese automaker GWM (Great Wall Motors) that also owns the battery cell maker SVOLT.

 

This will be the first electric car to use the NMx (LNMO) cobalt-free battery cells from SVOLT. Moreover, there will also be a version with LFP (LiFePO4) battery cells, which are also cobalt-free.

 

Let’s see more details.

 

ORA Cherry Cat (NMx version)

  • Length: 4.510 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2.710 mm
  • Width: 1.855 mm
  • Height: 1.665 mm
  • Gross vehicle weight: 2.260 kg (with passengers and cargo)
  • Curb weight: 1.885 kg (empty vehicle)
  • Motor: 66 kW (constant) and 150 kW (peak)
  • Max speed: 180 km/h
  • Battery: NMx (LNMO) by SVOLT

 

ORA Cherry Cat (LFP version)

  • Length: 4.510 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2.710 mm
  • Width: 1.855 mm
  • Height: 1.665 mm
  • Gross vehicle weight: 2.230 kg (with passengers and cargo)
  • Curb weight: 1.800 – 1.855 kg (empty vehicle)
  • Motor: 66 kW (constant) and 150 kW (peak)
  • Max speed: 180 km/h
  • Battery: LFP (LiFePO4) by SVOLT

 

Battery capacity and range aren’t known yet, but the longer range version is expected to deliver around 600 km of NEDC range, which is roughly 450 km in WLTP.

The ORA Cherry Cat will also be available in RWD (rear-wheel drive) and AWD (all-wheel drive).

 

Anyway, I’m really curious about the NMx battery cells. Will they be assembled without modules in a CTP (cell-to-pack) configuration?! What will be the energy density of the pack?

SVOLT’s NMx battery cells are available in two different sizes.

 

SVOLT NMx battery cell (MEB compatible)

  • Dimensions: 33,4 x 220 x 102,5 mm
  • Energy density: 245 Wh/kg
  • Energy: 430 Wh
  • Voltage: 3,74 V
  • Capacity: 115 Ah
  • Cycle life: 3.000 cycles
  • Cathode: 75 percent nickel and 25 percent manganese
  • Cost: 8 % cheaper than NCM
  • Available: Q2 2021

 

SVOLT NMx battery cell (L6 – BYD Blade alternative)

  • Dimensions: 21,5 x 574 x 118 mm
  • Energy density: 240 Wh/kg
  • Capacity: 226 Ah
  • Cycle life: above 3.000 cycles
  • Cathode: 75 percent nickel and 25 percent manganese
  • Cost: 12,5 % cheaper than NCM
  • Available: Q4 2021

 

I expect the battery pack to at least surpass 200 Wh/kg.

 

SVOLT cobalt-free prismatic battery cells for EVs

SVOLT cobalt-free prismatic battery cells for EVs

 

Tesla and Volkswagen already stated that the cobalt-free battery chemistries LFP and LNMO will become the standard for electric cars. Relegating NCA/NCM/NCMA chemistries to premium niches where range is more important than cost.

 

 

More info:

https://svolt-eu.com/en/completely-cobalt-free-battery-cells-from-svolt-roll-off-the-production-line/

https://www.miit.gov.cn/datainfo/dljdclscqyjcpgg/xcpgs346/art/2021/art_c68c4fdce0be4eca85c9b725a730b44e.html

https://www.miit.gov.cn/datainfo/dljdclscqyjcpgg/xcpgs346/art/2021/art_3c8be8f588334e86b40ca34aef9ea4d8.html

https://www.d1ev.com/carnews/xinche/151413

https://auto.gasgoo.com/news/202107/15I70263997C501.shtml

https://auto.gasgoo.com/news/202107/16I70264287C501.shtml

https://cnevpost.com/2021/07/14/oras-first-suv-appears-on-regulatory-list/

https://www.oraev.com/news_3401343.html

Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’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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Famlin
9 days ago

Wow, so Nickel & Manganese are doing a counter attack on LFP by kicking their bad brother Cobalt out of the equation.
After all, reducing harmful expensive cobalt is very important.

All those critics who linked BEV to cobalt will keep quiet. Still they have 1 other weapon, which is linking BEV to coal. Though I support renewable + nuclear, I will still like to see Coal being their to ensure that we dont have any blackout / brownout because of rising electricity consumption from BEV.

In reality, Oil is the dangerous fuel which leads to oil wars, civil wars, coups and terrorism and also pollutes, coal is much better. I have seen a huge pile of petroleum coke which is a solid by product of refining. Heavier the oil, more the petcoke.

Marcel
9 days ago

Wow so much good EV news coming out recently. Thanks Pedro for posting all this!