2024 BYD Blade Battery Update: Enhanced Efficiency and Extended Range Announced

Matt Brand
April 9, 2024
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BYD is set to release an updated version of its Blade battery in August 2024, which is reported to be about 25% more efficient compared to its current lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries. The new version aims to increase the energy density from 150 Wh/kg to 190 Wh/kg.

This improvement may reduce the necessity for as many battery cells to maintain existing driving ranges or potentially extend the range without enlarging the battery pack size.

The enhancement in battery technology could enable BYD electric vehicles to reach up to 1000km on a single charge according to the CLTC cycle.

This development positions BYD’s forthcoming battery performance in line with, but possibly at a lower cost than, the solid and semi-solid state batteries developed by other companies.

In BYD vehicles, the Blade battery serves a dual purpose by also contributing to the vehicle's structural integrity and lowering the vehicle's centre of gravity, which could improve handling.

The Seal Premium Extended Range model currently offers a 570km range on the WLTP cycle, providing context for BYD's battery capabilities in comparison to competitors.

The Blade battery, first introduced by BYD's battery unit FinDreams in 2020, plays a crucial role in the brand's portfolio, supplying power to a wide range of vehicles. Its lithium-iron-phosphate makeup allows for a cost-efficient production process, maintaining competitive power density.

Designed for safety and efficiency, the Blade battery’s form factor aims to optimize space and weight within the vehicle for better performance.

With the upcoming battery update, BYD intends to decrease power consumption per 100km, which may enhance vehicle range and efficiency.

BYD's initiative to improve its Blade battery technology reflects its ongoing effort to advance electric vehicle performance and affordability.

This move is part of BYD’s larger strategy to increase its presence in the global vehicle market, including plans to grow its overseas sales significantly in the near future.

Matt Brand
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