Axeon receives EU funding for research to reduce size, weight and cost of EV and HEV batteries

April 19, 2011 // By Paul Buckley
Europe's largest independent lithium-ion automotive battery systems supplier, Axeon, has been awarded research funding from the EU to reduce the weight, volume and cost of batteries in electric and hybrid vehicles as part of the SmartBatt consortium programme.

The consortium is led by the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology Mobility Department (Business Units Electric Drive Technologies and Light Metals Technologies Ranshofen) and eight other partners: the Fraunhofer Institute Light Metals Division & Joining Technology Division, Impact Design, Ricardo UK Ltd, SP Technical Consulting, Technical University Graz and Volkswagen.

The programme is part of the seventh framework agreement to develop the ‘Smart and Safe Integration of Batteries in Electric Vehicles’ and will aim to improve battery integration into vehicle structures by reducing battery weight, volume and cost without changing the actual cells. Targets for a 20 kWh battery pack (larger than the 16 kWh packs in many plug-in hybrids and electric cars including the Vauxhall Ampera and Citroen C1 ev’ie) include:

  1. Reduction of battery pack weight by 10%-15%
  2. Reduction of battery pack volume by 20-30%
  3. Reduction in battery pack cost by 5%-10%

Axeon will support with the specification analysis and requirements stage and will be particularly involved in the concepts and feasibility study, risk assessment, design and development and final assessment phases.

The SmartBatt project is scheduled to last 24 months up until the end of 2012.

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