It is said to be the first cobalt-free battery in series production

It is said to be the first cobalt-free battery in series production

The Chinese company SVTOL announced that we owe it to her for the first cobalt-free battery in series production, but in practice Tesla already got rid of it in the Model 3 in China last year. It is therefore worth taking the official announcement with a pinch of salt, but SVTOL cannot be taken away from the fact that it has actually achieved something important in this regard.

SVTOL announced its cobalt-free battery, saving itself from shortages estimated in 2026

According to estimates, cobalt used for the production of lithium-ion batteries, i.e. a resource limited in terms of resources on Earth, which is said to be lacking in 2026. No wonder that the aforementioned Tesla or Panasonic have already begun fruitful work on their cobalt-free batteries, but SVTOL proudly claims that glory belongs to her, because her work is the first cobalt-free battery in mass production.

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It is a pity that the company does not disclose at the same time how many batteries it will produce over the course of a month or a year. However, the announcement did not lack what they can do and according to the disclosed specification, the SVTOL cobalt-free battery with the IP67 standard can already reach a capacity of up to 82.5 kWh with an energy density of 170 Wh / kg.

On the range side, we’re talking about 600km per charge in a rational driveline system, and on the performance side, the company says these batteries will provide the engines with enough voltage to accelerate from zero to 100 km / h in under 5 seconds. So far, it has been tested in practice using the ORA electric car prototype from Great Wall Motors.

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In physical terms, this putative first cobalt-free battery uses aerospace-grade heat-insulating materials and a lightweight design. In addition, it has already undergone comprehensive performance and safety tests, which have shown that its thermal stability far exceeds national standard requirements.

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These SVTOL batteries have historically been reported to be 75% nickel and 25% manganese, so not only do they not use cobalt, they also use less nickel. Thanks to this, they are not only more environmentally friendly, because their price is also to be 5% lower. They are the fruit of the work of 1,200 people around the world and tens of millions of dollars, because that is how much the company has spent on the development of its cobalt-free batteries.

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