GAC group will realize mass production of a supercapacitor

Several media including its official WeChat account and Gasgoo announced that super-fast-charging battery will be installed with GAC Aion, which is a car brand of GAC Motor Co, LTd..

Shanghai (Gasgoo)- GAC Group has tested its graphene-enabled batteries in vehicles to prove whether the technology can be mass produced, and the progress will be officially announced later this month, according to a local media outlet.

The graphene-enhanced “super-fast-charging” battery can be charged to 80% of its capacity within eight minutes, GAC Aion said via its WeChat account.

GAC Aion also noted the all-new power battery technology has gone through the gunshot testing, and will soon go into volume production this year.

Due to the announcement, perhaps, the price of GAC Group’s A shares surged in the afternoon on Jan. 15, with a closing price of 12.52 yuan ($1.93) per share.

GAC Group said in last December the R&D of the graphene-enhanced battery was well underway and the company is likely to test the battery for volume production in vehicles at the end of 2020. However, whether the mass production would be achieved still rests upon the testing result.

During the R&D process, the three-dimensional graphene (3DG) is put into a battery’s cathode and anode as an additive in a bid to improve battery charging performance, said GAC Group. The company has applied for many patents for the technology, covering fields like graphene production, supercapacitor and fast-charging battery.

At the 2020 Tech Day in July, GAC Group announced it developed super-fast-charging battery by virtue of graphene’s outstanding conductivity and special 3D structure. A vehicle equipped with the battery can be recharged to 80% of its capacity within only 8 minutes and a 10-minute charging can support range of 200 to 300km. The battery will be introduced to GAC Aion’s product lineup.

GAC Aion also revealed last week it is developing another new battery tech that can offer an EV model an range of up to 1,000km under NEDC test cycle.

Who is GAC Motor Co, Ltd. (GAC Group)?

According to its homepage, enterprise overview and corporate vision of GAC Motor Co, Ltd. are described as follows.

Enterprise Overview

GAC MOTOR Co, Ltd. (hereafter referred to as “GAC MOTOR”) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Guangzhou Automobile Group Co, Ltd. As a national high-tech enterprise established on July 21, 2008, GAC MOTOR is devoted to the production and sales of world-class vehicles, engines, auto parts and car accessories as well as R&D of automobile engineering technology. Since its establishment, GAC MOTOR has adopted a global vision and adhered to international standards, forming a world-class car manufacturing system with GAC global R&D network, world-class production mode, global supply chain system and GAC marketing approach as its core.

It has blazed a development path of “high-end focused, quality-first and innovation-driven” with its development speed and profit level being among the best for Chinese brands, so as to achieve the company ambition of “building a world-class brand and a global company”.

Corporate Vision

We are committed to building a world-class company which wins customers’ trust,ensures staff’s well-being,meets social expectation and keeps creating value for a better mobile life of human beings.

Supercapacitor is the stage of mass production?

In the other article, we discussed how big breakthrough in the next generation a supercapacitor can be. In the article, NAWA technologies’ initiative is still the stage of Research and Development, but it seems that the Chinese automotive giant, GAC group, makes it happen now. 10 or 20 years ago, many people thought that China was the production hub and most of innovations were realized by western countries such as the US and EU. However, technological advancements of China is beyond our expectation and the country is the largest market of electric vehicles as well as cars in fact. Therefore, it can be wrong that most of innovations in the EV market occur in western countries and we have to pay attention to companies and institutions in China than in western countries. The development of a supercapacitor is one of the good examples for this and the technological innovation can disrupt both EV and battery market. Of course, mass production is much more difficult than test production, but some company realize it in the near future. GAC group is one of the real candidates.