More intuitive technology integrated into vehicles and charging systems is changing the way that we consume energy through mobility. Thinking that electric vehicles (EVs) are the enablers leaves a wider discussion behind as artificial intelligence (AI) is used to manage energy input and output.
Working with Toshiba, Zapbatt leverages more efficient batteries to mesh with its AI-driven tech. Lithium titanium oxide (LTO) batteries are used and are capable of being charged in 20 minutes, have reduced risk of thermal runaway and are built for longevity with a 20-year lifespan.
Providing hardware and software for power solutions, the company is working with Toshiba to integrate its offerings into more efficient batteries to enhance charging capabilities powered by AI. Once the products are rolled out, the company will target applications in micro-mobility and light electric vehicles.
“For global carbon reduction and electrification, we need better battery solutions now, not in ten years. To address this problem, we worked with Toshiba to allow lithium titanium oxide to come alive, bridge into new markets quickly, and provide maximum economic and environmental benefits,” said Charlie Welch, CEO and Co-founder of ZapBatt.
“Unlike other chemistries, lithium titanium oxide is very efficient in a variety of conditions, not just on a lab bench. It’s like the Seabiscuit of batteries.”
Solving sustainability problems with battery tech
The company works with Toshiba to provide the technology that addresses its main developmental barriers, which are chips, voltage and energy density. With the help of Zapbatt, Toshiba’s LTO batteries will make ideal components for integration in micro-mobility, particularly solutions that contribute to inner city transport.
“ZapBatt unlocked the potential of Toshiba’s LTO chemistry for a variety of industries and new markets with disruptive technology, moving away from the ‘miracle battery’ trap and providing a real solution hitting the market today,” said Greg Mack, Vice President & General Manager - Power Electronics Division, at Toshiba.
“With ZapBatt’s hardware and software, and our LTO chemistry, there is no other solution as fast, safe, and cost-effective on the market.”
Fast-charging and long-life battery solutions pave the way for more sustainable use of energy. Combining them with localised transportation systems like e-scooters, bikes and mopeds, makes emissions reduction much more likely. Zapbatt is looking towards autonomy with battery solutions and through the use of AI, its products will leverage bi-directional charging to better distribute energy through these systems.
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