A group of three electric vehicle (EV) battery developers in Europe have developed a Nickel Cobalt Manganese (NCM) design battery that occupies 50% less volume and 30% less mass – all while providing a range improvement of 35% over existing Lithium Iron Phosphate technologies. The group is led by Axeon.
Not being electrical or chemical engineers, we will leave the chemistry evaluations to others, but certainly any research that moves EV battery technology in the direction of small, lighter, further must be considered a good thing. The questions then become – does it really work, is it scalable, and at what cost?
According to the consortium, an advanced demonstrator has been tried in a test vehicle increasing range, functionality and performance. Consortium partners include Allied Vehicles which provided the test vehicle. A battery management system (BMS) developed by Ricardo, the third member of the group, monitors battery condition.
So it would appear that a functional battery pack has been developed. It remains to be seen if the design is scalable and at what cost, but moving the technology forward is a step in the right direction.