ZapBatt Partners With Toshiba To Create Longer Lasting E-Bike Batteries
Electronics giant Toshiba has teamed up with the Californian firm ZapBatt to create more efficient and longer-lasting micro-mobility batteries.
As part of the partnership, Zapbatt’s artificial intelligence (AI) software technology and next-gen battery hardware will be combined with Toshiba’s lithium titanium oxide (LTO) battery cells to create a faster and more economical battery system, while still allowing for real-time battery management and optimization.
“With ZapBatt’s hardware and software, and our LTO chemistry, there is no other solution as fast, safe, and cost-effective on the market,” said Greg Mack, vice president and general manager – power electronics division, at Toshiba.
Toshiba’s LTO cells are ideal for micro-mobility applications, like e-bikes due to their high-performing characteristics in several categories.
The cells are designed for fast charging and high-power environments with a minimal decrease in function even after thousands of charges and uses.
The cells provide up to a 100% usable charge without shortening cycle life, allowing for longer use.
Additionally, the cells perform in freezing temperatures as low as -30 degrees celsius, compared to 0 degrees celsius for typical Li-ion.
“For global carbon reduction and electrification, we need better battery solutions now, not in ten years. To address this problem, we worked with Toshiba to allow lithium titanium oxide to come alive, bridge into new markets quickly, and provide maximum economic and environmental benefits,” said Charlie Welch, CEO and Co-founder of ZapBatt.
“Unlike other chemistries, lithium titanium oxide is very efficient in a variety of conditions, not just on a lab bench. It’s like the Seabiscuit of batteries.”
On top of the ability to perform in freezing temperatures, the cells reduce operating expenses and e-waste and eliminate fire risk with the use of ZapBatt’s system.
Most micro-mobility fires occur due to lithium-ion batteries containing oxides of nickel, manganese, aluminum, or cobalt.
This type of chemical fire typically occurs when the battery is punctured, sustains damage, is poorly manufactured, overused, or breaks down internally.
As a result of the lack of carbon on the anode surfaces and the fact that LTO is free of these oxides, the battery chemistry is effectively immune to thermal runaway and battery fires.
ZapBatt’s software uses a combination of machine learning and proprietary hardware to continuously improve battery performance.
The company’s software analyzes 26 data points, illustrating how the battery performs to improve charging operations, essentially talking to the battery and making changes.
Over time, the batteries will provide data, allowing the system to become even more energy efficient.
“ZapBatt’s bi-directional adaptive terminal voltage (BATV) technology allows the battery to reconfigure itself based on the customer’s needs, essentially making it a universal adapter that has the potential to change the battery landscape completely, said its chief operating officer, Amiad Zionpur.
“Because of this unique ability, the e bike battery can be used in many different applications, from micro-mobility to consumer products.”