CATL is the largest battery producer for a simple reason: it signs more collaboration agreements than anyone else. The Chinese have been leading the table of the world’s largest battery producers for five years, gaining more and more distance from their closest rivals. A new agreement has just been signed, this time with Solaris, one of the largest bus companies in Europe. Although many details remain to be revealed, the collaboration will begin soon.
Last year Solaris became the largest electric bus company in Europe. With a total of 390 electric buses delivered, it was ahead of other major players such as BYD (375 units) and Mercedes (333 units delivered). The firm’s vehicles can be seen in many of the great European capitals such as Madrid, which has recently signed the purchase of 60 green buses to provide service on the multiple lines of the capital.
In the Solaris product range we can see a wide variety of models and versions. From hybrid to 100% electric buses, passing through other models powered by hydrogen. This great offer allows the Polish manufacturer to be the great protagonist of the sector ahead of other illustrious names. The increasingly popular supply of electricity has forced Solaris to sign a new collaboration agreement for the supply of LFP batteries for its fleet of electric buses. The search has concluded with the signing of an agreement with CATL.
The particular conditions of the agreement are still kept secret, although according to various sources such as CnEvPostthe contract implies that CATL will supply LFP CTP batteries to Solares. Lithium iron phosphate batteries with CTP (Cell To Pack) technology which should be able to increase the operational autonomy of Solaris buses. The bus manufacturer is expected to have access to the new generation of LFP batteries announced by CATL earlier this year which, among other innovations, offer better density levels, from 160 Wh/Kg to figures above 290 Wh/ kg
LFP batteries are gaining popularity thanks to the numerous advantages acquired over the years. The constant evolution has allowed lithium ferrophosphate batteries to appear as attractive as the usual lithium ion batteries. With a lower production cost, manufacturers like Tesla recognize that a large part of their models already offer this technology. As for the particular conditions of the contract between CATL and Solaris, the details will soon be revealed, allowing to know the scope of the agreement and what it will mean for the Polish manufacturer to join a partner with the weight of CATL.