Battery maker Clarios aims to launch an absorbent glass mat (AGM) 12V lead battery equipped with smart monitoring technology within three years.
Clarios’ Smart AGM battery system for electric vehicle applications senses, diagnoses and communicates the battery’s condition to support safety critical functions as well as anticipate required maintenance or replacement.
The battery works by monitoring its performance in real-time and communicating potential issues before they happen, providing emergency power and anticipating required maintenance or replacement.
EVs require a low-voltage battery for SLI services, including providing continuous low-voltage power and safety functionality in critical moments of emergency.
As more autonomous features are added to vehicles, there will be an even greater reliance on the low-voltage battery.
12V batteries are managed through an external sensor that is placed on top of the battery; the Smart AGM uses an integrated approach to the electronics in the battery.
From lead to lithium
Last November, Clarios announced a strategic collaboration with China Lithium Battery Technology Company (CALB) to develop a low-voltage lithium-ion battery system to address the growing electrical vehicle needs.
The companies will develop and manufacture low-voltage battery systems using lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cells to support the needs of electric vehicles by combining CALB’s lithium-ion cell expertise with Clarios’ battery system and vehicle integration capabilities.
Mark Wallace, CEO, Clarios, said at the time: “This strategic collaboration is the next step in expanding our portfolio of low-voltage battery technologies for the electric and autonomous vehicle market.
“Entering into strategic partnerships like this has long helped Clarios’ leadership position in the market, and going forward will continue to help Clarios expand our industry-leading product portfolio with the latest technology to further support vehicles of tomorrow.”
The battery systems will expand the Clarios xEV category portfolio of advanced low-voltage batteries specifically designed to work in tandem with high-voltage batteries.
The collaboration is global, with development locations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.