Posted by Priya Singh On 16-Aug-2022 06:37 AM
A European company has chosen BorgWarner's AKASOL ultra-high energy battery system to power its first line of heavy-duty electric trucks.
A European company has chosen BorgWarner's AKASOL ultra-high energy battery system to power its first line of heavy-duty electric trucks. The 4x2 rigid axle, 18-ton truck and 6x2 rigid, 26-ton truck will go into production in the first quarter of 2024.
"We've previously worked with this manufacturer on high-voltage prototype vehicles utilizing an older version of our battery system, and we're excited to continue our collaboration," said Henk Vanthournout, Vice President, BorgWarner Global Battery and Charging Systems.
"The customer benefits from the latest generation of our ultra-high energy battery technology, which provides a 50% boost in energy density over its predecessor for this exciting new project. This improvement considerably enhances vehicle range, making it the ideal alternative for long-distance electrified commercial transportation."
Each 9 AKM battery pack contains 98 kWh of energy and comes ready to install with all connectors. It was designed for energy-intensive electric drivetrain applications operating at up to 747 volts. Three packs will be used to power the 4x2 truck and four packs will be used to power the 6x2 vehicle. The battery is compact and lightweight to maximize vehicle payload and has an anticipated life lifespan of up to 4,000 cycles to keep the overall cost of electrified commercial vehicle (eCV) ownership as low as feasible. Furthermore, liquid cooling and multi-level protection measures ensure that the system operates safely.
The ultra-high energy battery packs come with BorgWarner's Multi-String Manager (MSM+), which serves as a single communication interface to the vehicle control unit and eliminates the requirement for custom software development.
According to BorgWarner, its "long-distance transportation solution is mechanically robust, intrinsically safe, easily scalable, and offers relatively low acquisition costs per kWh, setting new energy density standards for bus and truck applications and firmly positioning BorgWarner as an innovation driver in the field of high-energy batteries." .
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