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Lithium begins its 12 volt push

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 12:41 -- Paul Crompton
Chris Ferhenbacher, from A123 Systems

A stream of lithium battery solutions from some of the big names in lithium-ion manufacturing and automotive systems suppliers were presented at AABC. And they seem to provide all the answers to the OEM’s emission targets for 2021 and 2030.

Chris Ferhenbacher, from A123 Systems, showed real data that appeared to prove conclusively that lithium-ion with their latest phosphate technology is superior to an equivalent AGM battery, even at -30C.

The new A123 factory in Ostrava, Czech Republic, is already in manufacture with OEM customers and a planned output of more than a million batteries in two to three years.

If that is not enough, for the mild hybrid market there is a dual battery 14 volt solution with a secondary 15.6V 7 ah lithium-ion battery as an auxiliary high power energy boost and charge capture device, developed by Audi.  

With a capability of varying between 12 volt for cabin electrics and 14 volts for cranking and power boosts, it is claimed to be perfect for mild hybrid vehicles.

Johannes Gehrmann of Audi AG said that this will be available this year in the summer and first available on the new Audi A4.