A French research project has yielded a battery prototype with efficient and cost-effective energy storage, surpassing conventional market options.
The achievement was made possible by a team of 25 researchers from Stellantis, CNRS, and Saft. Their collaborative project, named Intelligent Battery Integrated System (IBIS), marks a significant departure from the electrical energy conversion systems commonly employed in most electric vehicles worldwide.
IBIS combines the electric charger and inverter functions into the lithium-ion battery modules by using electronic conversion cards. This innovation not only frees up space in the vehicle but also reduces the overall system cost.
Addressing EV Limitations
The main objectives of the project are to address limitations experienced by EV customers, including range, interior space, and affordability. Additionally, it aims to enhance efficiency to reduce the carbon footprint associated with electric vehicles.The technology is considered a significant advancement for both mobile and stationary energy storage applications. The IBIS project team has plans to make this technology commercially available on Stellantis vehicles by the decade’s end.
Ned Curic, Stellantis Chief Engineering & Technology Officer, said, “This revolutionary battery system could mark a decisive step in Stellantis’ commitment to provide useful, easy and advanced technology to all.”