New battery promises greater range

A consortium led by UK-based Axeon has developed an electric car battery that can give 35% more range than existing units of similar weight.

The prototype pack has been developed as part of a £1.3 million project with more than £680,000 in funding from the Technology Strategy Board.

Axeon says the new battery is based on Nickel Cobalt Manganese (NCM) electro-chemistry and can be used for a wide range of vehicle types.

It has, in theory, half the volume and a nearly a third less mass than the conventional Lithium Iron Phosphate cell.

Axeon's prototype pack has an innovative modular design which packs the cells together with room to incorporate thermal management systems.

The NCM prototype can also be quickly adapted for a variety of electric vehicles, the company added.

Lawrence Berns, chief executive of Axeon said: "This new battery represents a real step forward in the development of electric vehicles and is highly versatile, being suitable for applications for many vehicle manufacturers and across a wide range of platforms."

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