Until electric vehicles can provide the same range and convenience as today’s gas-powered automobiles, they will not find much of a mass market. UK-based Axeon has announced that their new battery pack could extend EV range by as much as 35% when compared with a lithium-ion pack of the same size.
The Axeon battery pack uses Nickel Cobalt Maganese electrochemistry, rather than the standard lithium-ion phosphate chemistry that is popular in today’s EV’s and hybrids. Theoretically, the NCM setup would also be 50% smaller and 30% lighter, which would be a huge boon to weight-sensitive EV’s.
Right now Axeon is looking for a demonstrator car to plug their new pack into. This isn’t the first big battery breakthrough we’ve heard of, and it isn’t likely to be the last. But if Axeon can verify these claims, NCM batteries may replace lithium-ion batteries sooner, rather than later.
Source: Manufacturing Digital
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