Colin-on-Cars – Intelligent battery unveiled

Claimed to be the world’s first ‘intelligent’ electric vehicle battery, the product launched by InoBat Auto aims to reduce cobalt use as well as boosting energy density to 330 Wh/kg and 1 000 Wh/I by the end of 2023.

The company’s CEO, Marian Bocek, speaking at the GLOBSEC Tatra Summit 2020, announced that after only a year of research and development, InoBat is unveiling the world’s first battery developed through a combination of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and High Throughput (HTP) technology.

“It is with great pride I can introduce the world to the first intelligent battery cell. InoBat is a world leader in battery cell innovation and our vision to create the best batteries customised to meet the highest performance, safety and cost needs of electric vehicles is today a reality.”

The company is developing a world-first AI-driven battery research centre and production line in Voderady, Slovakia, which will begin producing its first intelligent batteries in 2021. InoBat is also progressing plans to build a EUR 1-billion 10 GWh Gigafactory with the potential to provide 240 000 EVs with cutting edge, bespoke batteries in 2025.

The battery launch came just days after former CEO Aston Martin and COO of Nissan, Dr Andy Palmer joined InoBat as Non-Executive Vice Chairman to drive the company’s vision for electrification forward.

Bocek added: “The world’s first intelligent battery marks a huge leap forward in the electrification of transport. At InoBat, we want to fast track innovation to ensure the best batteries for any type of electric vehicle. These batteries will be tested and developed further with scale production starting next year.”

InoBat aims to accelerate the rapid implementation of electro-mobility solutions in Europe by developing a fully integrated value chain, which will increase the global competitiveness of the European economy and provide a long-term sustainable solution to the automotive market. 

InoBat is backed by a strong consortium of investors and technology companies, including lead investor IPM Group (IPM) – the fastest growing InfraTech asset managers who specialise in bringing ground-breaking technologies to Europe – strategic investors and partners include CEZ (strategic investment of EUR 10-million in InoBat Auto), Matador, AEN, MSM Group, Across and Wildcat Discovery Technologies. InoBat has also recently announced a strategic partnership with global high-tech engineering company, Manz AG, who will supply the production equipment for the R&D centre and production line, designed by architectural firm, Takenaka.

‘Intelligent’ battery specifications

  • Battery to provide 265 Wh/kg energy densities by end of 2021
  • Density will increase to 298 Wh/kg by mid-2022
  • InoBat will generate battery cells that have 330-350 Wh/kg and 1000Wh/l by the end of 2023
  • Long term ambition is to remove nickel from batteries and further develop anode technologies to ultimately target 500 Wh/kg
  • Mass reduction in dependency on cobalt, a critical objective of our generation
  • 1st cell State of the Art in Nov 20 (NMC 622) will have 10% lower Losses and offer ca.6% more Range, 2nd Cell Leading Technology Q1 2021 (NMC 811) more than 10% lower Losses and up to 20% more Capacity and Range increasing about 80km to 100km in state of the art vehicles

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