Lithium-Ion Breakthrough Promises Smaller, Cheaper, Quicker Batteries Photo:
2012_nissan_leaf_australia_04 Photo: tmr
2013_holden_volt_australia_14 Photo: tmr
2013_holden_volt_australia_02 Photo: tmr
2012_nissan_leaf_australia_08 Photo: tmr
2013_holden_volt_australia_09a Photo: tmr
2013_holden_volt_australia_06c Photo: tmr
2012_nissan_leaf_australia_01 Photo: tmr
2013_holden_volt_australia_06a Photo: tmr
2013_holden_volt_australia_03 Photo: tmr
2012_nissan_leaf_australia_07 Photo: tmr
2013_holden_volt_australia_07 Photo: tmr
2013_holden_volt_australia_09c Photo: tmr
2012_nissan_leaf_australia_01a Photo: tmr
2013_holden_volt_australia_13 Photo: tmr
2013_holden_volt_australia_01 Photo: tmr
2012_nissan_leaf_australia_02 Photo: tmr
2013_holden_volt_australia_04 Photo: tmr
2013_holden_volt_australia_06b Photo: tmr
2012_nissan_leaf_australia_03 Photo: tmr
2013_holden_volt_australia_11 Photo: tmr
2013_holden_volt_australia_06 Photo: tmr
2012_nissan_leaf_australia_06 Photo: tmr
2013_holden_volt_australia_06d Photo: tmr
2013_holden_volt_australia_09 Photo: tmr
2012_nissan_leaf_australia_10 Photo: tmr
2013_holden_volt_australia_10 Photo: tmr
2012_nissan_leaf_australia_05 Photo: tmr
2013_holden_volt_australia_12 Photo: tmr
2013_holden_volt_australia_05 Photo: tmr
2012_nissan_leaf_australia_09 Photo: tmr
2013_holden_volt_australia_08 Photo: tmr
2013_holden_volt_australia_09b Photo: tmr
2012_nissan_leaf_australia_11 Photo: tmr
Malcolm Flynn | Oct, 10 2012 | 0 Comments

Researchers from the University of California claim to have developed algorithms that could reduce the cost of lithium-ion batteries by up to 25 percent, and potentially cut charge times in half.

Lithium-ion battery systems are currently employed by the Holden Volt, Nissan LEAF and Mitsubishi i MiEV, and a raft of other upcoming plug-in hybrid and pure-electric models.

In a recent interview with industry site Automotive News, Professor Miroslav Krstic and postdoctoral fellow Scott Moura have composed mathematical procedures that better define the behaviour of the actual lithium-ions within a battery.

Despite being employed across the consumer electronics industry, lithium-ion technology is still in its infancy, presently resulting in the use of more cells than are ultimately necessary.

"If one could have a better knowledge or better estimation of what's going on inside, one could operate closer to the limits of performance, which means that the oversizing and overdesign would be less necessary," Krstic said.

Fewer cells also means smaller and lighter battery packs, while a better understanding of ion behaviour could also enable reduced charge times without compromising a battery’s lifespan.

This could lead to direct improvements in both packaging and operational efficiency in hybrid and pure-electric cars.

Krstic and Moura will continue their research over the next three years, working with electronics giant Robert Bosch GmbH and battery-maker Cobasys to test and refine these algorithms.

TMR Comments
Latest Comments
The size of your tyre is located on the sidewall of your tyre.
It will be similar to the sample below.