BYD Blade Battery to Revolutionise EV Market
BYD Europe anticipates that its game-changing new Blade Battery marks the start of a new era of safety and performance for the electric vehicle industry in Europe. With the uptake for EVs across the continent beginning to gather pace, the Blade Battery’s ultra-safe credentials sets it apart from conventional Lithium Iron-Phosphate battery technology and, BYD believes, gives it a significant USP in the EV sector.
BYD’s new Blade Battery headlines the recently-revealed specification for the company’s new seven-seat 2021-model BYD Tang SUV – the first car powered by BYD’s latest battery technology for the Norwegian market. The BYD Tang completed a successful market introduction in Norway in 2020 with BYD confident that the new Blade Battery will provide a compelling motive for customers purchasing 2021-models. Production of the 2021 BYD Tang model for Norway will commence in the second quarter of 2021, with the first cars expected to hit Norwegian roads in late summer.
The revolutionary new Blade Battery offers new safety levels for the EV industry today. Following an exhaustive development programme, the Blade Battery returned truly impressive, class-leading test results; a stringent nail-penetration test confirmed the Blade Battery’s surface temperature reached a remarkably low 30º – 60º C while emitting no smoke or fire.
Further tests subjected the Blade Battery to a 300 deegree C furnace test and a 260% overcharging test, neither of which resulted in fire or explosive response. The results provide evidence that the Blade Battery dramatically out-performs traditional ternary lithium batteries and Lithium Iron-Phosphate technologies.
The Blade Battery’s single-cell design boasts notably compact dimensions of just 96cm long, 9cm wide and 135cm high. These single cells are then placed in an array and inserted into a battery pack in a blade-type arrangement. BYD engineers have also decreased the cubic volume of the battery installation by 50%, thus creating additional space for vehicle stowage or other ancillary equipment.
This compact design, coupled with class-leading safety credentials, offer a marked competitive edge for BYD and, moreover, a step-change for the entire EV industry.