The world’s first ‘intelligent’ electric vehicle battery was today launched by European EV battery producer, InoBat Auto.
Speaking at the GLOBSEC Tatra Summit 2020, InoBat Auto’s co-founder and CEO, Marian Bocek. announced that after only a year of R&D, InoBat can now unveil the world’s first battery developed through a combination of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and High Throughput (HTP) technology.
InoBat’s technology-led approach to battery production enables them to create better batteries more quickly and efficiently, while delivering an increase in operational range for current best-in-class electric vehicles of almost 20%. This technology enables InoBat to reduce its dependence on cobalt, in addition to also boosting energy density to a goal of 330 Wh/kg and 1,000 Wh/I by the end of 2023.
Marian Bocek commented: “It is with great pride that 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.”
“No other battery cell maker has the technology to discover and demonstrate battery chemistries as quick. InoBat can provide its customers with the ‘best’ answer.”
Key highlights of the ‘Intelligent’ battery
- Battery to provide 265Wh/kg energy densities by end of 2021
- Density will increase to 298Wh/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 November 2020 (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
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 1 billion euro 10 GWh Gigafactory with the potential to provide 240,000 EVs with cutting edge, bespoke batteries in 2025.
The battery launch comes 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 10m euros 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.