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Farasis Energy begins trial production at new Guangzhou facility

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With an annual capacity of 30 GWh, the Guangzhou factory could fill the final gap in the city’s automotive battery segment.

On June 29, Farasis Energy kicked off trial production at its new Guangzhou base, nestled in the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City. This facility, boasting an annual production capacity of 30 gigawatt-hours, wrapped up its main construction and began operations in just 10 months—from the first pile driven on September 1, 2023.

The first phase of the factory zeroes in on producing large pouch cells using a lithium iron phosphate (LFP) system branded as the “Super Pouch Solution” (SPS). These products primarily target the pure electric passenger car market, with added applications in hybrid vehicles.

Launched in 2022, SPS entered mass production in April this year, debuting in Geely-owned Radar’s first pure electric four-wheel-drive pickup, the Radar Horizon.

As Farasis Energy’s flagship product, SPS simplifies battery system design by horizontally arranging large pouch cells. This design cuts costs—reducing design expenses by 50% and material costs by 33%—and boosts volumetric efficiency by 75%, meeting vehicle range requirements of 500 to 1000 kilometers.

Farasis Energy touts SPS as a versatile solution, compatible with various material systems, including high-nickel ternary, low-nickel, lithium-rich manganese, lithium manganese iron phosphate, and sodium-ion, making it adaptable to different products and scenarios.

Responding to the market’s demand for fast charging, SPS delivers 400 kilometers of range with just a 10-minute charge, using large pouch cells at varying charging rates.

At the launch event, Wang Yu, chairman of Farasis Energy, showcased fast-charging cells rated at 2.4C, 3C, and 4C. These cells offer 150, 100, and 75 kilowatt-hours of charge, and ranges of 1000, 800, and 600 kilometers, respectively. They can charge to 40%, 50%, and 70% in ten minutes, achieving ranges of 400, 400, and 420 kilometers.

Beyond its product advantages, the Guangzhou base is primed for sustainability. It slashes GWh investment by 67%, labor by 50%, and energy consumption by 50%.

Equipped with automated flexible production lines, digital twin technology, and smart quality inspection solutions, the factory reduces single-cell defect rates to PPB levels (one in a billion) and ensures full traceability of each cell. This innovation boosts production capacity per acre by nearly 50% compared to traditional processes.

Committed to zero-carbon operations, the base leverages renewable energy sources like photovoltaics, generating 90 million kWh annually, saving around 30,000 tons of standard coal, and cutting carbon emissions by over 20,000 tons each year.

The automotive industry is Guangzhou’s largest, with a comprehensive industrial chain centered around 12 vehicle manufacturers, making it one of China’s biggest automotive clusters. The start of production at Farasis Energy’s Guangzhou factory fills the final gap in the city’s automotive battery segment.

Farasis Energy is aiming for the Guangzhou base to deliver products to city customers within four hours post-production, enabling same-day deliveries across South China.

At the ceremony, Farasis Energy signed cooperation agreements with GAC Aion, Trumpchi, Sunward, and Starair Aircraft.

KrASIA Connection features translated and adapted content that was originally published by 36Kr. This article was written by Han Yongchang for 36Kr.


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