New EV Battery On Its Way

With the advent of the electric vehicle just around the corner, the race is on for the creation of more capable batteries to support these emission-free vehicles. Several countries have set up dedicated grants for manufacturers who want to join the race.

The latest to receive money for the task of creating a new battery is a consortium led by battery manufacturer Axeon and solution provider Ricardo. The UK Technology Strategy Board awarded them $2.1 million for the creation of "high energy density battery system for an emission-free electric small city car."

"As a leading provider of innovative EV battery technology Axeon is delighted to be leading this consortium. This project will enable us to develop a new electric car battery with improved performance that will be highly adaptable and transferable to many vehicle manufacturers and platforms," Lawrence Berns, Axeon CEO said in a release.

The new battery will be developed over the following 22 months, with Ricardo taking care of the battery management system architecture and application software, while Axeon will handle the engineering and construction. Another consortium member, Allied Vehicles, will create the vehicle on which the battery will be tested. Unfortunately, no specific details on the improvements to be brought to the battery world have been released.

"The work we are funding will focus on developing ultra-efficient electric and hybrid vehicle motive and ancillary systems that will make the best use of this energy. Increasing the market acceptance of low carbon vehicles will contribute to achieving UK and EU climate change targets, while creating significant market opportunities for UK-based companies," John Laughlin, UK Technology Strategy Board's Low Carbon Vehicles program manager added.
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