C4V unveils solid state battery with promise of better range for EVs

New-York based lithium-ion battery technology company, Charge CCCV (C4V), has unveiled its new Sold State Battery (SSB), which promises to increase the range for electric vehicles by 70 per cent.

The company’s SSM solution replaces more than 80 per cent of the liquid electrolyte with a solid electrolyte, producing semi-solid-state technology with an energy density of approximately 380Wh/kg.

Unveiled at the New York’sNY BEST 2018 Fall Conference last week, the C4V prototype battery claims to extend the range of electric cars from an average of 300 miles (480 kilometres) to 510 miles (820 kilometres) on a single charge.

C4V is part of the consortium that has proposed building a 15Gwh lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility in Townsville, Queensland, along with its partner company Magnis Resources and Boston Energy and Innovation.

The project recently received over $3 million funding from the Queensland government towards a feasibility study.

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Sydney-based lithium-ion cell technology company, Magnis recently acquired a 10 per cent share in C4V and the two partners are working together to produce high performing batteries  for electric vehicles, including for Singapore-based electric hypercar manufacturer, Dendrobium.

Magnis chairman Frank Poullas said the C4V’s prototype is one of the world’s first Solid State Batteries to be produced.

“Volkswagen Group recently invested US$100 million into US-based QuantumScape which is yet to publicly produce a prototype and is targeting Solid State Battery production in 2025. The investment by Volkswagen valued QuantumScape at over US$1 billion,” Poullas said.

C4V president, Shailesh Upreti said C4V’s SSB is drop-in ready, which means less disruptions on the manufacturing floor, lower production cost and increased production quality.

“C4V continuous to work closely with our strategic partners, including Magnis, as well as our established supply chain partners to bring C4V’s latest innovation to market,” Upreti said.

C4V’s Generation 3 battery uses energy densities and volumetric capacities of 380Wh/kg and 700 Wh/L and the company is targeting a 400Wh/kg and 750 Wh/lit milestones within the next six months before commercial process optimisation starts. The company is expecting to launch its commercial cells to market in the first half of 2019.