Ann Marie Sastry, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan Energy Systems Engineering Program had this to say about Ford’s effort to promote the new technology: “The Efforts of the Ford team to reduce the cost and mass of Li-ion systems have been important to the research community at large. Their efforts are yielding improved Li-ion systems, and more knowledgeable workers.”
Along with Ford, these partner organizations will be conducting digital simulations tests, collecting degradation data, that Ford and its battery suppliers have used to improve Li-ion performance. According to Ted Miller, Manager, Ford Energy Storage Strategy and Research, “Our plug in electric hybrid vehicles fleet is a direct result of our Li-ion research, and the data mined from these field tests will provide crucial information as we make advances in battery technology.”
The new technology will replace the existing nickel based batteries that are currently being used. Researchers say the Li-ion battery systems will be 5 percent more energy efficient than the nickel metalFord Escape Hybrid model.
The battery itself is said to be 25 to 30 percent smaller and 50 percent lighter than the existing nickel batteries, which makes them, easier to pack into a vehicle.
SOURCE: eNews Park Tech
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