Electronics and Semiconductors

EV battery pack design platform cuts cost and time

04 October 2022

An electric vehicle (EV) battery pack design platform engineered by U.K. startup IONETIC is expected to reduce the development cost and time for automotive manufacturers bringing a new EV to market.

The software-based platform can boost energy density by 30% and increase utilization of pack volume by up to 120%, compared to existing off-the-shelf solutions. For example, many existing commercially available battery packs have energy densities of 130 Wh/kg to 160 Wh/kg. The Tesla Model 3 has a module energy density of 197 Wh/kg and a pack energy density of 156 Wh/kg. A Nissan Leaf module has an energy density of 191 Wh/kg and a pack energy density of 132 Wh/kg. IONETIC’s battery modules have an energySource: IONETICSource: IONETIC density of 226 Wh/kg and the pack architecture is most similar to Tesla, so a pack energy density of at least 180 Wh/kg is targeted. This offers a 36% improvement over the Nissan Leaf.

It can produce a battery pack design in days and reduce the costs of transitioning from requirements to mass manufacture by over 90% for automotive original equipment manufacturers. These benefits stem from the platform’s ability to automatically generate designs according to a series of fully adjustable parameters, while offering a vertically integrated solution to battery pack production, which includes homologation and mass manufacture.

The company plans to open its first U.K.-based battery manufacturing facility in 2023, which will enable it to begin pilot production of its own battery pack designs.

To contact the author of this article, email shimmelstein@globalspec.com

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