Leapmotor T03 now has 3 LFP battery suppliers

Leapmotor T03
Leapmotor T03

The Leapmotor T03 is probably the best affordable small electric car currently being sold in China. Not only it has a decent 403 km NEDC range (around 300 km in WLTP), fast charging via CCS, OTA (over-the-air) updates, it’s also full of safety features that are extremely rare in its segment

Safety features that can prevent accidents, such as AEB (Automatic Braking System), LKA (Lane Keeping Assist), ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) and a ADS (Automated Driving System) called Leap Pilot 2.0.

 

While initially this electric car was only available with a 38 kWh NCM battery and a modest 27 kW (55 kW peak) motor, later on it became available also with a cheaper cobalt-free 41 kWh LFP (LiFePO4) battery and a more powerful 50 kW (80 kW peak) motor.

 

Unfortunately, nowadays production still can’t meet all demand there is for this great small electric car. Not only due to the global shortage of microprocessors, but also batteries – that temporarily tend to go almost exclusively into more expensive and lucrative models…

 

However, the good news is that according to the MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China) the Leapmotor T03 now has at least 3 LFP battery suppliers, they are:

  • CATL
  • SVOLT
  • Guoxuan

 

This smart strategy of not relying on a sole battery supplier, means that Leapmotor is aiming to increase production to levels where it can actually meet the current high domestic demand. Only then, foreign markets will be an option.

Soon, when battery cell formats become completely standardized, having different battery suppliers for the same model will be a no-brainer to most automakers.

 

Anyway, the Leapmotor T03 is currently available in 5 variants, where the cheapest starts at 59.800 yuan (8.021 euros) and the most expensive starts at 76.800 yuan (10.301 euros). I think that this kind of electric car would be a success in Europe and maybe Australia.

 

 

More info:

https://www.miit.gov.cn/datainfo/cpgg/art/2021/art_b65be23de567400ab2870f8652978943.html

https://autonews.gasgoo.com/70018844.html

https://www.leapmotor.com/parameter/T03parameter.html

Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. Iโ€™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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Marcos Henz
1 month ago

Day in, day out, the Chinese keep proving they are ahead of the crowd. Honestly, I donยดt see how my country (Brazil) can ever compete with them. My best guess is that in the future we will no longer have car plants, or best case scenario, we will just have the final assembly made here.

Joyko
1 month ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

Hi Pedro. I was searching for Desten fast charging battery for a while and it seems is kind of LFP chemistry. You are more experienced in this field. Do you have any clue or have not heard of?

Daniel
1 month ago
Reply to  Marcos Henz

Embraer has shown that Brazil can be very successful in aerospace, so I can very well imagine a successful brazilian manufacturer of electric cars. It is just a question whether brazilian billionaires are willing to invest. There is certainly enough engineering talent and assembly workforce. I guess there is also a reasonable local market.

David
1 month ago

Great news. Let’s hope they can make millions of them.

super390
1 month ago

Honestly, if Fiat suddenly badged this as the new 500e for 10,000 euros, would anyone object?