PowerGenix Nickel-​​Zinc Battery Passes Critical Testing for 12V Automotive Use

Institute of Automotive Technologies Dresden (IAD) Validates Benefits of NiZn Battery Technology for Stop-Start and Auxiliary EV Applications

Market Wired
June 9, 2015

SAN DIEGO, CA–(Marketwired — Jun 2, 2015) - Pow­er­Genix, the lead­ing sup­plier of high per­for­mance, auto­mo­tive Nickel-​​Zinc (NiZn) bat­ter­ies, today announced it has com­pleted a com­pre­hen­sive prod­uct eval­u­a­tion test plan with Insti­tute of Auto­mo­tive Mecha­tron­ics GmbH (IAM), a part of the Insti­tute of Auto­mo­tive Tech­nolo­gies Dres­den (IAD), at the Tech­nis­che Uni­ver­sität Dres­den (TUD). IAD eval­u­ated NiZn per­for­mance capa­bil­i­ties to meet all the require­ments of a 12V aux­il­iary power unit for plug-​​in hybrid elec­tric (PHEV) and all-​​electric vehi­cles (EVs), as well as a 12V starter bat­tery for stop-​​start applications.

The unique cost and per­for­mance advan­tages of NiZn over other advanced chemistries make it an extremely promis­ing alter­na­tive for 12V lead-​​acid bat­ter­ies in elec­tric vehi­cles and stop-​​start appli­ca­tions,” said Pro­fes­sor Bernard Bäker, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor at IAD. “This inde­pen­dent tech­nol­ogy assess­ment is a key step in endors­ing NiZn bat­tery per­for­mance gains for use in PHEV and EV appli­ca­tions, as well as future stop-​​start mod­els, for major auto­mo­tive OEMs.”

With up to 200 per­cent more usable energy and 30 per­cent lower weight and vol­ume, NiZn offers unique ben­e­fits over lead-​​acid bat­ter­ies as a replace­ment for 12V aux­il­iary sys­tems in PHEVs and EVs. Weight car­ries a high pre­mium in these vehi­cle archi­tec­tures, which in turn imposes lim­i­ta­tions on their all-​​electric dri­ving range capa­bil­i­ties. Fur­ther­more, NiZn con­tains over 90 per­cent recy­clable mate­ri­als, with no lead or rare earth metals.

Major global auto mak­ers are work­ing towards adopt­ing NiZn for their 12V stop-​​start vehi­cle appli­ca­tions, which are one of the most cost-​​effective and effi­cient means of opti­miz­ing fuel econ­omy. Cur­rent esti­mates put stop-​​start effi­ciency improve­ments at approx­i­mately 5 per­cent, while next gen­er­a­tion sys­tems with NiZn may achieve sav­ings as high as 8 per­cent. With lower weight, sig­nif­i­cantly improved ser­vice life and high sus­tained charge accep­tance, NiZn is an ideal alter­na­tive to lead-​​acid, offer­ing fur­ther fuel econ­omy improvements.

Euro­pean auto mak­ers in par­tic­u­lar are push­ing the entire indus­try toward greater elec­tri­fi­ca­tion through their com­mit­ment to sus­tain­able inno­va­tion,” said Salil Soman, Vice Pres­i­dent of Prod­uct Mar­ket­ing for Pow­er­Genix. “Fur­ther, the use of lead-​​acid bat­ter­ies in Europe is under a tem­po­rary exemp­tion from an EU man­date look­ing to com­pletely ban the use of lead in auto­mo­biles, and will likely be reg­u­lated in the future. NiZn is the only viable alter­na­tive solu­tion when this leg­is­la­tion changes, and we look for­ward to work­ing together with our cus­tomers to meet the demand for bet­ter per­form­ing, cost-​​effective, and non-​​toxic bat­ter­ies in this sector.”

About Pow­er­Genix

Pow­er­Genix is the lead­ing sup­plier of high-​​performance, low-​​cost nickel-​​zinc bat­ter­ies for auto­mo­tive, indus­trial and sta­tion­ary stor­age appli­ca­tions. Pow­er­Genix nickel-​​zinc bat­ter­ies are a supe­rior alter­na­tive to lead-​​acid and other advanced chemistries, offer­ing increased per­for­mance, greater ser­vice life and improved recy­cla­bil­ity, which leads to lower costs over their entire ser­vice life.

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