Lotus‘ consultancy division – Lotus Engineering, has revealed an uncommon strategy to check batteries – containerized battery check services underneath a pilot challenge named BattCon, an abbreviation of Battery Containerised Take a look at Facility.

The BattCons are envisioned to evaluate vitality storage options – quick, cost-effective and environment friendly – particularly for the EVs.

In accordance with Lotus, the walk-in BattCon laboratories can deal with cells, modules in addition to packs:

“It would enable Lotus Engineering to hold out varied battery cell, module and pack characterisation exams, efficiency evaluations, and element and lifelong testing underneath managed circumstances. Early feasibility examine help and validation of mature designs for implementation into new automobiles may also be out there.”

Lotus Project BattCon

Lotus Venture BattCon

“Companies out there embrace capability willpower, resistance mapping, present and energy mapping, open circuit voltage willpower and warmth capability. Lifetime testing is comprised of low-voltage biking, high-voltage biking, self-discharge willpower, storage ageing, cycle ageing, drive cycle ageing and orientation. One of many three Lotus containers options an ambient chamber, the temperature of which will be raised or lowered to duplicate climatic extremes world wide.”

It is a fairly fascinating concept to construct such check services utilizing an ordinary 40ft transport container, which will be simply be packed up and transported as a cell testing unit.

Lotus itself will use three BattCons at two websites, as a part of the pilot scheme:

  • at Lotus HQ in Hethel, Norfolk
  • on the new Lotus Superior Know-how Centre in Wellesbourne, West Midlands

Lotus Engineering can also be open to promote containerized battery check services:

“For shoppers, Lotus Engineering will provide an EV safety-compliant workshop facility with specialist workers skilled in testing batteries. Corporations new to the EV subject, and those that would in any other case must spend money on further check services, can have entry to a quick, environment friendly and cost-effective answer to develop new applied sciences and velocity up their path to market. “

Its guardian firm intends to make use of BattCons to help the developments of “a brand new vary of efficiency automobiles” – electrified in fact.

In accordance with the press launch, the pilot challenge is co-funded by the Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF), a part of the Superior Propulsion Centre (APC); Innovate UK, a part of UK Analysis and Innovation; the UK Authorities’s Division for Enterprise, Vitality and Industrial Technique (BEIS) and the Division for Worldwide Commerce (DIT).