The manufacturer of batteries, Axeon, managed to develop batteries that offer 35% more capacity at equal weight.
Partly funded by UK’s Technology Strategy Board, the technology developed is based on Nickel Cobalt Manganese batteries(NCM).
In theory the size of these batteries is reduced by half and weight by 30% compared to LiFePO4 batteries (Lithium Iron Phosphate). With partners, Ricardo and Allied Vehicles, they have developed a technology demonstrator (test vehicle).
Allied Vehicles’ test vehicle (a coachbuilder) fitted with this technology has demonstrated a greater range, better performance and increased functionality thanks to the reduced weight.
The battery management system has been developed by Ricardo.
The cells are simply contained in pouch (pouch cells), a more modular and flexible technique.
The partners are already in active discussions on the commercialization of this technology.
“This new battery represents a real step forward in the development of electric vehicles and is highly versatile, being suitable for applications for many vehicle manufacturers and across a wide range of platforms.” Lawrence Berns, CEO of Axeon