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New batteries will double the range of electric vehicles. Volkswagen wants to sell models with a range of 400 km at a price of 20,000 euros

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Chinese battery maker Gotion High-Tech plans to nearly double the energy density of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries by 2030, which in turn could double the range of electric vehicles and significantly change competition in the battery sector.

Gotion High-Tech is known for its low-cost LFP batteries, which are used in the $4,500 Hongguang Mini EV from SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile. Cheng Qian, executive vice president of Gotion High-Tech, told Nikkei Asia that the company will eventually increase the energy density of LFP batteries to 300 Wh/kg. The energy density of standard LFP batteries is about 160 Wh/kg.

The high energy density helps to reduce the operating costs of an electric vehicle by increasing driving range and reducing the overall load on the battery. Cheng said the company will eventually be able to achieve 300 Wh/kg “by improving the performance of the materials in both the positive and negative electrodes.”

New batteries will double the range of electric vehicles.  Volkswagen wants to sell models with a range of 400 km at a price of 20,000 euros

It is worth noting that Gotion uses silicon in the negative electrode materials instead of graphite. Silicon can improve the energy density of lithium ions compared to graphite by about 11 times. But silicon reduces the amount of energy after the first charge cycle, and Gotion solved this problem by adding lithium ions to the electrodes.

Lithium metal, which has a higher energy density than silicon, is used in some negative electrodes but causes crystal-like growths to form on the negative electrode. This build-up, called detritus, reduces the performance and life of the battery.

The addition of manganese to positive electrode materials also helps overcome the relatively low energy density associated with silicon. One reason for the low energy density of previous LFP batteries is that the battery voltage was only 3.2V. However, the addition of manganese increased the voltage by about 15%.

The first to use the new batteries could be Volkswagen, which is the largest shareholder of Gotion High-Tech with a share of approximately 26%. Volkswagen plans to manufacture its own LFP batteries in Germany in 2025 with the help of Gotion, aiming to sell electric vehicles with a range of more than 400 km at a price of 20,000 euros.

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Tesla electric cars may be banned in California due to incorrect advertising of the autopilot

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The California Department of Motor Vehicles has filed a complaint with the Office of Administrative Hearings against Tesla for incorrect advertising of an electric vehicle autonomous driving system. Lawyers representing the department believe that the word and phrase “autopilot” and “fully autonomous driving” used by the company in advertising materials mislead potential buyers and give them a false idea of ​​\u200b\u200bsafety.

Tesla electric cars may be banned in California due to incorrect advertising of the autopilot

In a statement, the California Department of Motor Vehicles is requiring Tesla to change the description and positioning of the features mentioned above when advertising and selling electric vehicles in California. In particular, the department asks the company to communicate in promotional materials about the limitations of these options in the same way as they are reported on the official Tesla website. Otherwise, the agency will insist on revoking Tesla’s license to sell cars in the state. It is noted that in this case, the restrictions will not affect the owners of already sold cars.

Tesla has 15 days to defend its rights in court. The company has not yet commented on the situation.

The US is not the first country where Tesla has been targeted by the authorities for misleading ads for autonomous driving. In the summer of 2020, a Munich court for the same reasons banned Elon Musk’s company from using the word “autopilot” in advertising for Tesla electric vehicles.

Meanwhile, Elon Musk announced the release of a new beta version of Tesla Autopilot: FSD Beta 10.69 will be released in the US on August 20.

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Ford has set a new record for the U.S. electric vehicle market. The company is second in the market after Tesla

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Ford has set a new record for the US electric

In the U.S. battery electric vehicle (BEV) market, Ford is number two, behind only Tesla.

Ford has set a new record for the U.S. electric vehicle market.  The company is second in the market after Tesla

In July this year, the total sales of Ford and Lincoln cars in the domestic market increased by 36.6% in annual terms and amounted to 163,942 cars. At the same time, Ford sales increased by 35.5% to 156,975 units, while Lincoln sales increased by 64.5% to 6,968 units.

Domestic sales of all-electric Ford vehicles hit a new record. In July of this year, the company sold 7,669 such vehicles, which is 169% more than a year earlier. In the structure of Ford sales in the US car market, such cars accounted for 4.9%, which is also a new record for the automaker.

The company notes that the growth rate of sales of Ford electric vehicles is ahead of the dynamics of the entire market, and in terms of the number of cars sold, the automaker is in second place, second only to Tesla.

Ford’s EV share is growing fast, the company said in a statement. — In July, Ford took a nearly 11 percent share in this segment of the car market, which was the highest figure in the history of the company.“.

In total, in July this year, Ford sold 2,173 Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickups, 4,970 Ford Mustang Mach-E vehicles, and 526 Ford E-Transit vans.

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Geely electric vehicles move to Huawei platform

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Geely electric vehicles move to Huawei platform

Geely, through its official page on the Weibo social network, announced that Geometry brand vehicles (and these are exclusively electric vehicles) are moving to the Huawei platform. Huawei has both hardware and software platforms for electric vehicles, in this case we are talking about the second.

Geely electric vehicles move to Huawei platform

In the teaser, Geely showed the interior of a promising electric car – the first with the Huawei HarmonyOS Smart Cockpit system. Geely has three models under the Geometry brand – A, C and E. The picture, apparently, appears on the fourth. She will receive a large touch screen on the front panel and a large projection display.

Geely electric vehicles move to Huawei platform

There are no more details about Geely’s upcoming electric car, but as far as the HarmonyOS Smart Cockpit is concerned, it’s a pretty smart system. So, for example, it automatically turns on the dark theme of the media system design depending on the time of day, and also automatically turns on air recirculation at the entrance to the tunnel. The tight integration of HarmonyOS Smart Cockpit allows you to display the navigation running on your phone anywhere – even on the projection screen, even on the dashboard, even on the central display of the media system. And this, of course, is far from all its possibilities.

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