GAC Group recently announced "a major achievement in battery technology". GAC stated that it achieved breakthrough progress with its graphene-based super-fast-charging battery and has now entered the phase of actual vehicle testing. Aion V, the first vehicle to be equipped with the battery, is undergoing winter testing and is initially scheduled for mass production in September this year.
In May 2020, GAC announced its plan to mass produce graphene-enhanced battery for EVs by the end of 2020, and in September 2020, GAC announced setting up a unit that specializes in graphene that has begun research and development of fast-charging technology for electric vehicles. In November 2020, GAC stated that it expects to test its battery in production vehicles by the end of 2020, however - whether it can eventually be put into mass production will have to await the results of real-vehicle testing. It appears that now, GAC has decided to go forward with its graphene batteries, launching the Aion V in les than a year (if all will go according to its plans).
According to GAC, after achieving low-cost and large-scale production of graphene, it has also made major breakthroughs in the downstream application of its use. This graphene-based battery has a 6C fast charge capability, combined with a 600A high-power charger, and can be recharged to 80% capacity in 8 minutes. The battery has also reportedly passed the most stringent safety test - Battery Shooting Test, possessing quality and reliability of the highest standard.
This graphene-based battery technology will aim to significantly shorten charging time, as well as greatly extend battery life, solving the current "pain points" of pure electric vehicles. Now, it would seem that this battery technology will be coming out of the laboratory into real-world production with Aion V, the first vehicle model equipped with this graphene-based battery, entering the mass production testing phase.