Battery specialist BYD has opened a140 football field-size battery factory in China’s lithium-abundant Qinghai province. The plant is BYD’s third Chinese battery factory, and is part of the company’s plan to increase total production capacity to 60 GWh by 2020.
Scheduled for completion in 2019, the plant will be heavily automated, using driverless guided vehicles, information integration, smart logistics, and an advanced Manufacturing Execution System. “All our batteries come with a unique identification code,” said BYD Battery Division CEO He Long. “We can troubleshoot any problems simply by scanning the QR code on the battery, as this gives us the battery’s technical specifications and necessary manufacturing information.”
“Electrification is a done deal, as several countries have announced a deadline for the sale of internal combustion engine cars to end. Electric vehicles are on the cusp of another boom,” says BYD President Wang Chuanfu. Indeed, BYD is already capitalizing on the global need for electric trucks and buses.