Lotus Engineering launches New EV Battery Test Facilities

Lotus Engineering is launching a pilot containerised battery testing facility to assess energy storage solutions for the EV sector.

The goal is to enable the company to carry out various battery cell, module and pack characterisation tests, performance evaluations, and component and lifetime testing under controlled conditions. Early feasibility study support and validation of mature designs for implementation into new vehicles will also be available.

The ‘containers’ – each the size of a 40ft shipping container – are walk-in laboratories and can be packed up and transported as a mobile testing unit. Lotus has three operational units as part of the pilot scheme.

For clients, Lotus Engineering says it will offer an EV safety-compliant workshop facility with specialist staff experienced in testing batteries. The company says that clients new to the EV field, and those who would otherwise need to invest in additional test facilities, will have access to a fast, efficient and cost-effective solution to develop new technologies and speed up their route to market.

For Lotus itself, the new technology will support plans to launch a new range of performance vehicles.

Services available include capacity determination, resistance mapping, current and power mapping, open circuit voltage determination and heat capacity. Lifetime testing is comprised of low-voltage cycling, high-voltage cycling, self-discharge determination, storage ageing, cycle ageing, drive cycle ageing and orientation. One of the three Lotus containers features an ambient chamber, the temperature of which can be raised or lowered to replicate climatic extremes around the world.

The pilot project will conclude in spring 2021. Lotus Engineering is the consultancy division of Lotus and provides a range of technical services to automotive manufacturers and suppliers.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (December 2020 / January 2021).

28 December 2020

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