10/01/2012

Lithium-Ion Batteries - The right alternative for Low Speed utility EV’s

By: Sam Lev

Ceo- Lithium Boost Technologies, Inc

 

 

It hard to believe that the revolutionary, game-changing rise in demand for lithium-ion batteries – for everything from cell phones and web-enabled tablet devices to hybrid and electric cars –has not yet reached the industrial utility electrical vehicle market! Why?

 

According to a 2003 report entitled, "Getting the Lead Out," by Environmental Defense and the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor, Mich., the batteries of vehicles on the road contained an estimated 2,600,000 metric tons (2,560,000 LT; 2,870,000 ST) of lead. Lead is extremely toxic. Long-term exposure to even tiny amounts of lead can cause brain and kidney damage, hearing impairment, and learning problems in children. The auto industry uses over 1,000,000 metric tons (980,000 LT; 1,100,000 ST) every year, with 90% going to conventional lead-acid vehicle batteries. While lead recycling is a well-established industry, more than 40,000 metric tons (39,000 LT; 44,000 ST) ends up in landfills every year. According to the federal Toxic Release Inventory, another 70,000 metric tons (69,000 LT; 77,000 ST) are released in the lead mining and manufacturing process. Attempts are being made to develop alternatives (particularly for automotive use) because of concerns about the environmental consequences of improper disposal and of lead smelting operations, among other reasons.

 

Facility management is challenging. The electric vehicles and equipment are essential and critical to your success.  The cost of inefficiencies, maintenance and downtime is not sustainable so why are you using a 100 year technology for your critical application?  I am referring to your deep cycle lead acid batteries. Are you getting a return on investment, performance using this outdated technology, when factoring weight, longevity, performance, electric cost, self discharge, maintenance and environment?

 

I believe the future is Lithium. The current configuration is powerful effective and safe, and provides a significant power to weight advantage.  The initial investment is higher but over time, it is a great investment. More and more automotive applications are utilizing lithium based solution as the primary technology for their plug in application for all the reasons I mentioned.  Governments and academic institution are developing new lithium applications, chemistries and configuration. Most of the computers, hand held tools and tablets are already using lithium to power their system. One of the established Lithium-Ion configurations is LiFePo4 (iron-phosphate) that was discovered by John Goodenough.  This prismatic configuration has been around for several years.  It provides a good weight/power result with an excellent safety record. Most of the cells are manufactured in China by several large companies with increasing USA presence. I believe that the cost-benefit for a critical application is best served by a reliable, durable state of the art technology and not by an old technology that is limited and environmentally challenging.

 

LiFePo4 and other lithium configuration require a Battery Management System (BMS). The purpose of the BMS is to enable the cells to perform to their maximum capacity, protection from overcharging and provide critical balancing of the cells. More and more companies are working to develop product and solutions.  One of them is a company based in San Diego, Lithium Boost Technology Inc.

 

Lead acid technology that is over 100 years old is very heavy, with limited performance, high maintenance, very toxic and has limited charge-discharge cycles.  Lithium is 75% lighter with a much smaller foot print, provides longer range, lasting 2000-3000 cycles, quick acceleration, minimum maintenance, 1%-3% self discharge, 45% savings in electricity, ecologically friendly green with no corrosion and emission.

 

At Lithium Boost Technology Inc. our mission is to provide lithium power solutions for low speed utility electric vehicles for work applications. Our lithium-Ion system is powerful, reliable, durable and ecologically friendly. We utilize best-in-class automotive technology to maximize performance.  Our technology is applicable for most application of 36V, 48V and 72V electric vehicles.   Lithium Boost Technology is utilizing tier I CALB CA LiFePo4 lithium cells. Our proprietary Battery Management System (BMS) provides continuous monitoring/controlling of the entire system. We control the charge and discharge stages, and we balance the cells within +- .01V. We provide significant safety features, limb mode and an easy installation process with excellent customer support and engineering team. The system is an integrated solution that provides the customer a product that is ready to be installed, including a lithium charger with minimum changes to the existing vehicle.

 

Lithium Boost Technology Inc. Based in San Diego, CA. has been developing the system for over 4 years. We tested the system in over 120 vehicles globally with great success. We currently have several dealers that are featuring our system. We are supporting 60AH, 100AH, 130AH, 180AH and 200AH cells. The size of the cells will be customized to the customer application.  We also have a robust supply chain operation.

 

 

Summary:

These major benefits aside, the Industrial EVs industry knows that the technology must continue to evolve to give consumers what they really want. And what they want is performance: distance, power, acceleration, durability, environmentally friendly at a competitive cost and value. Lithium Boost technologies is committed to provide the proven product to move you into this new technology.

 

 

About the Author:

Sam Lev

CEO of Lithium Boost Technology Inc. Based in San Diego, CA came  from the NUMI joint venture between General Motors and Toyota, to the launch of the Saturn cars program and the development of the EV1, Sam Lev was a key player in numerous innovations at GM between 1985 and 2004. Prior to that, Lev worked with EDS at their Mesa, Ariz. proving grounds, leading teams in automotive testing and validation. With extensive experience in engineering, electrochemical batteries, outsourcing and start-up operations, Lev is a practical entrepreneur who is focused on revenue generation and service-based business practices.

 

 

 

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