The company, which is launching its SuperPolymer 2.0, specifically says the new battery is less prone to fire risk because of, among other things, its ability to operate within a wider temperature range and better manage its internal temperature changes. The battery, which can be used for boats, and for residential and grid storage, in addition to plug-in vehicles, is subject to a "large and growing sales pipeline." You can find Electrovaya's press release below.
Electrovaya, whose original SuperPolymer battery was originally tested on prototype Ram plug-in hybrid pickups as far back as 2010, appears to be looking to quell fears that plug-in vehicles may pose a higher fire risk than conventional cars and trucks. Mitsubishi recently stopped production of its Outlander plug-in hybrid-electric SUV because of overheating issues, while the Japanese automaker last month briefly stopped making the i-MiEV electric vehicle while it researched the cause of a battery fire.
SuperPolymer® 2.0 SYSTEM, A QUANTUM ADVANCE IN ELECTROVAYA'S PROPRIETARY BATTERY TECHNOLOGY
Toronto, Ontario – April, 17th 2013: Electrovaya, the leading designer and manufacturer of lithium ion battery systems, launches its new generation of lithium ion battery technology SuperPolymer®2.0.
The Lithium Ion SuperPolymer® 2.0 battery technology is a new generation of lithium ion batteries. It represents the integration of our automotive and grid knowledge, our customers' feedback, recent safety enhancements in the aerospace sector and our overall vision of the future design of advanced batteries. This technology meets the demands of a wide range of applications including electric vehicles, marine, telecom, grid, residential storage and more.
The Company has focused on enhancing its technology by adding more safety features on all levels of the battery system. Key improvements in the battery system include:
-Safety improvements: fire resistance, reduced flammability, anti-propagation
-Wider operating temperature range at both hot and cold extremes
-More efficient thermal management system in a smaller space
-Other improvements along key performance metrics
The module-level and system-level improvements are a result of intensive development at Electrovaya as well as the addition of intellectual property acquired from Tata Motors through the August 2012 acquisition of Miljobil.
During this technology transition period, there was a reduced output resulting in lower revenues and deferred sales in the last few quarters. We expect our Q2 FY 2013 revenue to be approximately $350,000 - $400,000. With the present launch of the SuperPolymer® 2.0 battery system, Q3 FY 2013 revenues are expected to ramp up. Electrovaya has a large and growing sales pipeline in the Electric Vehicle, Energy Storage, Marine Transportation and Mobile Power markets.
The Super Polymer® 2.0 will be produced using Electrovaya's green manufacturing process, which avoids using a toxic chemical called N-Methyl Pyrrolidone (NMP), unlike most lithium ion battery manufacturers. NMP is known to have a negative effect on human health and many countries have set occupational exposure limits. Electrovaya enjoys certain benefits from this production process as it believes it has operational cost savings of up to 50% compared to others and in addition, users of the lithium ion battery systems can gain a social benefit from the use of eco-friendly battery systems.
About Electrovaya Inc.
Electrovaya Inc. (TSX:EFL) designs, develops and manufactures proprietary Lithium Ion SuperPolymer® batteries, battery systems, and battery-related products for the clean electric transportation, Utility Scale Energy Storage and smart grid power, consumer and healthcare markets. The Company's mission is to accelerate clean transportation as a commercial reality with its advanced power system for all classes of zero-emission electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The Company's other mission is to deliver Utility Scale Energy Storage Systems for the highest efficiency in electricity storage, whether the electricity is generated from intermittent wind and solar power or from other sources. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Ontario, Canada, Electrovaya has facilities in Canada as well as in the US and Europe, and customers around the globe. To learn more about how Electrovaya is powering mobility, please explore www.electrovaya.com