CTP, CTC and CTB Integrated Battery Industry Research Report, 2022
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Integrated battery research: three trends of CTP, CTC and CTB

Basic concept of CTP, CTC and CTB

The traditional integration method of new energy vehicle power system is CTM, that is, "Cell to Module", which represents the mode of integrating battery cells on modules. The module is a development path for different models with different battery requirements and different battery cell sizes of battery manufacturers, which helps the formation of scaled economies and unified products. The general configuration is: battery cell - module - PACK - installed in vehicles; but such method only takes space utilization of 40%, largely limiting the space for other components. The development of battery integration (CTP, CTC, CTB) is gradually becoming the key research and application direction of the industry.

CTP is "Cell to Pack", which skips the standardized module and directly integrates battery cells into battery pack, which effectively improves space utilization and energy density of battery pack. This integration method was firstly proposed by CATL in 2019. Since then, BYD and SVOLT Energy have successively released their own CTP solutions. Among them, the more representative is BYD's "Blade" battery, which arranges individual battery cells together in an array, and then inserts them into the battery pack like a "blade", which is why everyone calls it a "blade battery".

CTB (Cell to Body) is a new way of battery cell integration proposed by BYD to realize the transformation from body integration to battery-body integration, which helps to improve space utilization and further performance release of electric vehicles.

From the perspective of structural design, BYD's CTB technology combines body floor panel and the upper shell of battery pack into one, which is integrated into flat sealing surface formed by upper cover of battery, threshold and front and rear beams. The passenger cockpit is sealed with sealant, and the bottom is assembled with body through mounting point. That is, when designing and manufacturing battery pack, the battery system is integrated with body as a whole, sealing and waterproof requirements of the battery itself can be met, and sealing of battery and passenger cockpit is relatively simple, so the risk is controllable.

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CTB technology is an extension of CTP technology, BYD's first CTB is more simplified and direct in structure, reducing the space loss caused by connection between body and battery cover, which is expected to further improve the overall space utilization. Under this structure, the battery is not only energy body, but also structural body to participate in force transmission and stress of the whole vehicle, which can reduce the intrusion of the side pillar by 45%.

CTC (Cell to Chassis) is the process of integrating the battery cells directly into the vehicle chassis. It further deepens the integration of battery system with EV power system and chassis, reduces the number of components, saves space, improves structural efficiency, significantly reduces vehicle weight and increases battery range. The future stage of CTC will enable the matching efficiency to reach more than 90%, space utilization to reach more than 70%, and the number of components will be further reduced to about 400.

In September 2020, Tesla unveiled CTC technology at Battery Day. The battery cells or modules are installed in the body, connecting the front and rear body castings, and replacing cockpit floor with a battery upper cover. The technology is to be used in 2022 Model Y. Tesla predicts a 55% reduction in investment per GWH and a 35% reduction in space occupied with CTC technology.

CTC is not a simple extension of CTP, CTP does not break through PACK itself. Battery companies/professional PACK companies can complete development independently, but the technology does not extend downstream. The appearance of CTC will break limitation of PACK and directly involve the vehicle chassis, which is the most critical core component of the vehicle, and is the core advantage accumulated by OEMs through long-term development, which is difficult for battery companies/professional PACK companies to develop independently. Therefore, in terms of business model and cooperation mode, CTC and CTP have great differences.

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The current CTC technology is still in the early stage of development. In the future, CTC technology will be deeply combined with skateboard chassis. In addition to the integration of battery system and chassis, electric drives, electronic controls, wire-controlled actuation components, and power domain controllers will all be highly integrated with chassis to further optimize power distribution, reduce energy consumption, improve production efficiency, reduce production costs and product development cycles, etc.

In 2022, the passenger car battery integration shows following trends.

Trend 1: Large-scale installation of CTP, CTC, CTB technologies in 2022

In 2022, CTP, CTC and CTB technologies achieve scale installation. Users of CATL CTP include Tesla Model 3/Y, Xpeng P7/G3, NIO ES6/ET7, Roewe RES33, Neta and many other models; Leap Motor released CTC battery-chassis integration and BYD launched CTB for Seal series.

With integration of new energy vehicles and the help of wire-controlled technology, the pattern of supply chain has been further reshaped. From the perspective of OEMs, the standard module technology advocated by VDA is the first-generation technology, CTP is the second generation, and various CTC, CTB, etc. are the third generation. From CTP to CTC/CTB, the dominance of OEMs is further enhanced.

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The year 2022 is the first year of mass production of CTC technology, Tesla Model Y and Leap Motor C01 are the first to achieve mass production in the industry with their respective CTC technology.

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Trend 2: New energy vehicle battery pack and chassis industry chain transfer to the battery factory

At present, battery companies have the voice over the new energy vehicle industry chain, which also means that the core value of OEMs has been weakened and the profit space has been greatly reduced. Powerful battery manufacturers take the opportunity to extend their capabilities to the field of chassis development.

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CATL will officially launch its highly integrated CTC (Cell to Chassis) battery technology around 2025. Cai Jianyong, former general manager of intelligent vehicle control in Huawei Intelligent Vehicle Solutions BU, joined CATL and was in charge of CTC battery-chassis integration business.

According to CATL, the company will achieve integrated CTC by 2025 and intelligent CTC by 2030, in which the integrated CTC technology will not only rearrange batteries, but also include power components such as motors, electronic controls, DC/DC and OBCs. Intelligent CTC technology will further optimize power distribution and reduce energy consumption through intelligent power domain controllers.

Trend 3: Integration

The difference between modulization and integration lies in the way of energy replenishment: power exchange for modular CTP; fast charging for CTC/CTB. The more integrated CTC/CTB battery will be mainstream, and the integrated CTC/CTB route often has higher requirements for thermal management, and the importance of heat pump air conditioning is highlighted. The most technically aggressive BYD Seal has confirmed that it will be equipped with heat pump air conditioning thermal management system, and it is expected that heat pump air conditioning will become standard configuration in CTC/CTB models in the future.

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1. Overview of CTP, CTC and CTB Integrated Battery Industry
1.1 Overview of Integrated Battery
1.1.1 Definition of CTP
1.1.2 Advantages & Disadvantages of CTP Technology
1.1.3 History of CTC
1.1.4 Definition of CTC
1.1.5 Advantages & Disadvantages of CTC Technology
1.1.6 Definition of CTB
1.1.7 Advantages & Disadvantages of CTB Technology
1.1.8 Differences between CTP &CTB&CTC
1.1.9 OEM & Battery Companies Layout CTC
1.1.10 CTC Influences Far on Automotive Industry Chain
1.2 Overview of CTP, CTC and CTB Integrated Battery Industry  
1.2.1 Battery System Integration in Three Stages
1.2.2 Background of Passenger Car Integrated Battery (Chassis)
1.2.3 OEMs Strive for Discourse Right
1.2.4 Industry Chain Formed Initially
1.2.5 Domestic and International Development
1.2.6 Technology Comparison of Tesla, BYD, and Leap Motor  
1.2.7 Impact of Battery Pack Integration on the Number of Parts and Matching Efficiency
1.2.8 Layout Threshold of CTP and CTC
1.2.9 CATL Kirin Battery
1.2.10 BYD Blade Battery
1.2.11 Further Integration of Future Batteries
1.2.12 Sales of CTP-equipped Models in China, 2021
1.2.13 CTP and CTC Penetration Continues to Rise

2. Research of Battery Integration Tier1s
2.1 CATL
2.1.1 Profile
2.1.2 Development History
2.1.3 Global Base Layout
2.1.4 Industry Layout
2.1.5 Industry's First CTP Technology to Effectively Improve Battery Performance
2.1.6 The First CTP Battery Pack Worldwide
2.1.7 Comparison of CTP Mode and Conventional Battery Pack
2.1.8 CTP Cooperative Brands and Models
2.1.9 CTP1.0 Iterated to CTP3.0
2.1.10 Mass Production of 3rd GEN CTP
2.1.11 Models Equipped with Kirin Battery 
2.1.12 Layout of CTC Battery-Chassis Integration by CATL
2.1.13 Releases of CTC Technology Roadmap
2.1.14 CTC R&D & Manufacturing Layout
2.1.15 CTC Electric Chassis Implementation Approach
2.1.16 CTC Electric Chassis Platform
2.2 Tuopu Group
2.2.1 Profile
2.2.2 Set foot in CTC technology with Skateboard Chassis
2.2.3 One-Stop Solution for Skateboard Chassis
2.3 CNP
2.3.1 Profile
2.3.2 R&D & Production Layout
2.3.3 CTC Integrated Chassis
2.3.4 Promoting CTC Intelligent Chassis Integration 4.0
2.4 Tianjin EV Energies (JEVE)
2.4.1 Profile
2.4.2 Layout
2.4.3 Power Battery Planning
2.4.4 LCM & Building Block Battery
2.4.5 Battery Safety Strategy
2.5 SVOLT Energy
2.5.1 Profile
2.5.2 Battery Layout
2.5.3 Dayu Battery
2.5.4 CTP Will Gradually Evolve and Iterate
2.5.5 Low Cost Advantages of CTP
2.5.6 Promoting CTC Integration
2.6 CALB
2.6.1 Profile
2.6.2 Development History
2.6.3 Product Layout
2.6.4 Exploration of CTC
2.6.5 One-Stop Battery
2.7 Envision AESC
2.7.1 Profile
2.7.2 Global Layout
2.7.3 R&D & Manufacturing Layout
2.7.4 Soft Pack Battery Applications
2.7.5 Soft Pack Power Battery + CTP
2.8 Kunshan JuTron New Energy Technology & Kunshan BaoTron New Energy Technology
2.8.1 Profile
2.8.2 R&D & Manufacturing Layout of Kunshan JuTron
2.8.3 Battery Product Layout of Kunshan JuTron
2.8.4 Soft Pack Battery +CTP of Kunshan BaoTron
2.9 Bosch and Benteler
2.9.1 Layout in China of Bosch
2.9.2 Layout in China of Benteler
2.9.3 Jointly Develop Modular Pure Electric Platform
2.10 LG Energy Solution
2.10.1 Profile
2.10.2 R&D Layout in China
2.10.3 Power Battery Product Customers and Applications in China
2.10.4 Public CTC Patents
2.10.5 Battery R&D Cooperation

3. Battery Integration Layout of Passenger Car OEMs
3.1 Leap Motor
3.1.1 Profile 
3.1.2 CTC Development
3.1.3 CTC Features
3.1.4 Dual Innovation of Software and Hardware
3.1.5 Landing Mass Production of CTC Battery Chassis
3.1.6 CTC Battery Chassis Integration Innovation
3.2 BYD
3.2.1 CTB Technology
3.2.2 CTB Features
3.2.3 e-platform 3.0 Models with CTB Technology
3.2.4 High Integration Effect of CTB Technology
3.2.5 Models Equipped with CTB Technology
3.2.6 e-platform 3.0 Achieves "Eight-in-One" Highly Integration
3.3 BJEV
3.3.1 Profile
3.3.2 Power Battery R&D & Manufacturing Layout
3.3.3 Vehicle Platform Development
3.3.4 Layout of Skateboard Chassis
3.4 JAC
3.4.1 Profile
3.4.2 New Energy Passenger Car Models
3.4.3 New Energy Passenger Car Cellular Battery CTP Solution
3.4.4 IC5 Cellular Battery UE Solution
3.4.5 New Generation Cellular Battery to be Fully Applied
3.5 SAIC
3.5.1 Profile
3.5.2 Multi-dimensional Layout of Power Battery
3.5.3 Cooperative Layout of CTC
3.6 Neta
3.6.1 Development History
3.6.2 R&D & Manufacturing Layout
3.6.3 Three Generations of Tiangong Battery
3.7 IAT Automobile
3.7.1 Profile
3.7.2 R&D & Manufacturing Layout
3.7.3 Investment in Skateboard Chassis
3.7.4 Layout of Skateboard Chassis with Logistics Vehicles
3.8 Tesla
3.8.1 First to Announce CTC Solution, Lead Industry Technology Direction
3.8.2 "Battery Cell-Chassis" Direct Connection Solution
3.8.3 Structural Battery
3.8.4 Co-Evolution of Power Battery System and Battery Cell Technology
3.8.5 Main Features of CTC
3.8.6 Three Technologies of CTC+4680+Integrated Die-Casting Together to Enhance Product Competitiveness
3.9 Volvo 
3.9.1 Self-Produces Battery Cells to Drive CTC Solution Implementation 
3.9.2 CTC technology Introduction
3.9.3 Third Generation Battery Platform
3.10 Volkswagen
3.10.1 Next Generation CTP&CTC Pre-Research
3.10.2 Next Generation Battery Technology
3.10.3 CTP&CTC Cooperation

4. Trends of Integrated Battery Industry
4.1 Trend 1
4.2 Trend 2
4.3 Trend 3
4.4 Trend 4
4.5 Trend 5
4.6 Trend 6
4.7 Trend 7
4.8 Trend 8
4.9 Trend 9
4.10 Trend 10
4.11 Trend 11
4.12 Trend 12
 

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