2023 signifies a pivotal moment for cylindrical battery adoption, as showcased at the EUROBIKE 2023 European Bicycle Exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany. EVE Lithium Energy introduced a comprehensive solution featuring the first-ever 46 series large cylindrical light battery pack, garnering significant attention from attendees.
The EUROBIKE Exhibition, among the top three global bicycle expos, drew over 1,400 exhibitors, 60,000 industry professionals from 90+ countries, and nearly 2,000 media representatives, fostering discussions on industry advancement.
Eurobike 2023 expanded its exhibition area to 150,000 square meters, accommodating over 1,900 exhibitors, tens of thousands of visitors, and cycling enthusiasts, indicating considerable influence and enthusiasm.
EVE 46 Series Large Cylindrical Light Battery Pack:
This pioneering battery pack utilizes 46 series cylindrical cells, employing the full pole ear process for rapid heat dissipation, swift charging, and introduces the latest “π system” to efficiently cater to light power demands.
EVE’s release of the 46 series large cylindrical light battery pack boasts EVE gauge 46 big cylinder cells, employing the full pole ear process. It offers rapid cooling, charging, and integrates the latest “π system” for higher energy density, smaller volume, reduced weight, ultra-low internal resistance, mitigating heat concerns, and enhancing speed and power for light power needs.
“EVE is staunchly embracing the large cylindrical lithium-iron route,” affirmed EVE chairman Liu Jincheng in a public statement.
While EVE previously pursued the parallel development of square, cylindrical, and pouch batteries, the recent 4680 wave initiated by Tesla brought cylindrical batteries to the forefront. Consequently, EVE has shifted its focus towards large cylindrical batteries, a plan laid out several years ago, giving the company an edge among Chinese battery enterprises.
In December 2022, EVE unveiled a new generation of 4695 cylindrical battery samples featuring an energy density of 350Wh/kg, promising ranges between 500 to 1000km. Subsequently, EVE achieved an “advanced” large cylindrical battery, releasing the first-generation sodium-ion battery boasting an energy density of up to 135Wh/kg.
Moreover, EVE indicated plans to add 21 GWh of production capacity for the 46 series large cylindrical batteries in two major fundraising projects.
Strategic Shift in Battery Companies:
Following the surge in large cylindrical battery orders from automotive companies, battery firms are actively aligning with this trend.
In September 2022, BMW placed a significant order, announcing its intent to utilize cylindrical cells in “new generation” models starting from 2025. Chinese suppliers like EVE and CATL secured substantial portions of this order totaling a staggering 10 billion euros. CATL and EVE announced production base establishments in Hungary to cater to BMW’s needs. Additionally, Vision Power, another Chinese battery firm, received an order from BMW for large cylindrical batteries, planning a zero-carbon battery plant in the US with a capacity of up to 30 GWh.
Other OEMs, including Tesla, JAC, and Nio, have committed to equipping their models with 4680 large cylindrical batteries, further highlighting the shift in the battery industry’s landscape.
Several prominent Chinese battery enterprises, including CATL, EVE, and Gotion High-tech, are actively pursuing large cylindrical battery development, while global leaders like LG New Energy, Panasonic, and Samsung SDI are accelerating the construction of 4680 battery production lines.
Experts predict that the structural innovation trend of 4680 batteries will drive a widespread adoption of cylindrical batteries, marking 2023 as a turning point for their large-scale application in the automotive industry.