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World’s first ‘superfast’ battery offers 400km range from 10 mins charge

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🗞️ Driving the news: China's Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) has unveiled a lithium-ion battery with "superfast charging" capability, offering 400 kilometres (249 miles) of range from just a 10-minute charge
• With a full charge allowing over 700 km of travel, this innovation represents a significant leap in EV battery technology and aims to reduce range anxiety among electric vehicle owners

🔭 The context: As electric vehicle adoption grows, range anxiety and battery performance have become central concerns
• CATL, the world's leading battery manufacturer, sees its new battery as a way to push the technology's frontier and make electric cars more appealing to mainstream users

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: The new battery technology can facilitate the transition from fossil fuel-powered cars to electric vehicles, contributing to global decarbonization efforts

⏭️ What's next: CATL plans to begin mass production of this next-generation battery later in the year, though it has not yet disclosed which automakers will first receive the batteries

💬 One quote: "As EV consumers shift from pioneering users to ordinary users, we should make advanced technology accessible for all and enable everyone to savour the fruits of innovation." (Dr Wu Kai, chief scientist at CATL)

📈 One stat: Electric car sales have seen record-breaking growth, with more than 10 million sold last year

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