Too Heavy? EV-Lite is Trying to Fix That

Too Heavy? EV-Lite is Trying to Fix That

EV-Lite, a 2-year project funded by the UK's Technology Strategy Board, aims to revolutionize the electric vehicle industry by advancing battery technology.

Too Costly? Addressing That is on EV-Lite's Agenda Too

Too Costly? Addressing That is on EV-Lite's Agenda Too

The project, to be conducted in Coventry, England, is led by The Manufacturing Technology Centre and the consortium consists of Unipart Manufacturing, Electrovaya, RDVS, CRR, Loughborough University, Cenex and Bluebird Innovation Group.

The goals of the 2-year project are as follows:

Project Targets

  • Reduce weight of battery system components (excluding cells) by 30%
  • Reduce cost of battery system components (excluding cells) by 50%
  • No compromise on technical functionality
  • Simulation of assembly, fixtures, tooling, etc.
  • Bench testing using real world data and vibration, safety testing etc
  • End of life applications and scenarios to be considered
  • Based on 30,000 battery assemblies per annum

A testing and production facility will be constructed within Coventry's Manufacturing Technology Centre, at Ansty Park.  The facility will use the Maya 300 low-speed electric vehicle as it test bed.  The Maya features Electrovaya’s lithium-ion SuperPolymer battery.

EV-Lite believes that today's batteries are over-engineer, which in turn drives up costs.  The project hopes to address this issue so that finished electric vehicles can sell at a lower price point.

Reducing costs in the main objective here, but EV-Lite believes weight is an issue, too.  Perhaps that's why they called themselves "Lite," as in lightweight?  Or light on the environmental impact?