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Ford EV Partner CATL Debuts LFP Battery With 621 Mile Range

CATL is already the world’s largest supplier of EV batteries, but the Chinese-based company isn’t exactly resting on its laurels, even as demand for those types of vehicles has waned as of late. Rather, it continues to develop longer-range batteries and fast-charging lithium-iron phosphate (LFP) units, and will also license its LFP tech to Ford for use at the under-construction BlueOval Battery Park Michigan site, as well as potentially other automakers, too. Now, CATL has debuted a new type of LFP battery that promises a driving range of 1,000 kilometers, or 621 miles per charge, according to Reuters.

CATL Shenxing LFP Battery

Dubbed the Shenxing Plus, this new LFP battery is the first of its kind to boast such a high range figure, which is notable because LFP batteries are known for being less energy dense than comparable lithium-ion units. The current version of this battery already boasts a 700 kilometer (435 mile) range, which is in use in four EVs currently, though 50 more are expected to adopt it by the end of 2024.

For now at least, that list doesn’t include any Ford-branded vehicles, but CATL does supply the LFP battery present in the standard-range Ford Mustang Mach-E that debuted for the 2023 model year. That change added 45 horsepower to eAWD  models while also cutting DC fast charging speeds, enabling those vehicles to charge to 100 percent without battery degradation while adding more range to boot – 250 miles for RWD and 230 miles for eAWD models.

CATL Shenxing LFP Battery

Meanwhile, the Ford F-150 Lightning is also slated to receive an LFP battery option at some point, though that hasn’t happened as of yet. LFP battery packs don’t use nickel or cobalt in their construction and are generally cheaper, safer, and can be charged to 100 percent without worrying about speeding up battery degradation, though they’re also not as energy dense as lithium-ion batteries.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. Bill Howland

    Technical article with no detail at all, such as how BIG this supposedly BIG battery is? Wonderful ClickBait.

    Also – Ford Authority is too difficult to login to… That’s why all the comments are on GM Authority.

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  2. TIMOTHY

    Bill I have Ford Authority set up as a daily e-mail. I then just click reply, as I have just done. I agree with you the article was light on details about the 1000 KM battery.

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  3. Dwayne D

    Such bullcrap 435 miles before what on a bike? Still takes too long and expensive to recharge. Plus the battery degrades as soon as it is used.

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    1. Ford Owner

      Recharging is much more cheaper than gasoline . Besides, most EV owners charge for free and even overnight while they sleep. Can you get gasoline for free or fill up while sleeping? You gas lovers are idiots!

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      1. blksn8k

        Charge for free? How does that work? If it’s a government subsidized charging station then that’s just one more thing that taxpayers are paying for that they may never use and one more thing to run up the national debt. I suppose you have a student loan as well? You liberals are the real idiots.

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