Battery challenges for the electric vehicle

The electric vehicle aims to completely reshape the current transport market and mobility in general, however to achieve this, it has to offer the user improved features, especially as regards range. The scant 200 kilometre range of today’s electric vehicle is seen as its main handicap to achieving a representative position within the automotive market. The improvement to its range is currently limited by the possibilities offered by the batteries available on today’s market and, as such, within the electric vehicle sector. The spotlight is now focusing on the future of electricity storage, aiming to identify where scientific and technological improvements could be made in this field.

Electric car batteries of the future are facing a triple challenge: to offer improved features, managing to do so at low cost and achieving socially acceptable safety and environmentally-friendly conditions.

To date, lithium-ion (li-on) batteries have enjoyed the highest level of acceptance by the automotive industry. Perhaps its dominance in the ICT sector of laptops and mobiles has resulted in li-on being seen as the most viable technology to be transferred to the EV sector. For good reason this electrochemical technology is the one that has historically provided the best features for the devices it supplies. Read more…

Joaquín Chacón
General Manager of Albufera Energy Storage

Article published in: FuturENERGY December 2015