CATL, China’s largest EV battery manufacturer, launches EVOGO battery swap service2. June 2022
Contemporary Amperex Technology Co, or CATL, recently introduced EVOGO battery replacement service to capitalise on the growing EV car market in China. EVOGO’s services are delivered via a mobile app that allows customers to swap their EV’s depleted battery at a service station instead of waiting until charging is complete. CATL made the announcement during an online launch event in mid-January. According to senior general manager of CATL subsidiary Contemporary Amperex Energy Service Technology, Chen Weifeng, EVOGO will initially open in 10 Chinese cities. However, the manager did not provide further details on the stations or the vehicles used. Vehicles and components must be awarded a CCC certificate in order for the products to be exported to China or manufactured locally.
EV manufacturers such as NIO and battery makers such as CATL are increasingly launching battery swap services to reduce the initial cost of an EV and ease fears of a short range. China’s so-called “New Energy Vehicles (NEVs)”, which include EVs as well as hybrids and fuel cell vehicles, reached record sales of 2.99 million units in 2021. This corresponds to a share of 14.8 percent of the total Chinese vehicle market, figures from the Chinese Passenger Car Association show. According to UBS estimates, three out of five vehicles will be purely electric by 2030. The Chinese government expects a market share of 20 percent by 2025.
CATL presented its Choco-SEB battery, which is used in the swapping service, at the same time as the market launch of EVOGO. The energy storage system provides a range of 200 km and can reportedly be fitted in 80 per cent of all EVs currently on the market as well as new models. “Customers can install one to three batteries, depending on the desired range, in their vehicle,” said CATL officer Chen Weifeng. A standard changing station can hold 48 Choco-SEB batteries and occupies the footprint of three parking spaces, and it takes about a minute to change a battery. The Chinese e-car manufacturer NIO is currently the market leader in battery changing services. NIO has already built 700 exchange stations in the past year and plans to build another 3,700 stations by the end of 2025.
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