New battery intelligence could rapid charge EVs 25 percent faster

New software could significantly reduce charging time and cut queues at motorway services, relieving the pressure on the UK’s EV rapid charging network.
New battery intelligence could rapid charge EVs 25 percent faster
Courtesy of Elysia.

A new Battery Intelligence offering from WAE Technologies (WAE), Elysia, incorporates a suite of algorithms that can safely unlock extra performance from an electric vehicle battery, bringing a host of benefits for plug-in car makers, which in turn can be passed on to consumers, such as faster charging.

EVs made up 17.9 per cent of new car sales in June, with last month showing a 40 per cent increase in volumes over this time last year. This being so, charging demand is likely to exceed supply at points during holiday peaks.

However, Elysia estimates that a typical electric vehicle could rapid charge 25 per cent faster if it was equipped from the factory with its intelligent software, reducing the time spent on a charger by 10mins, alleviating queues and resulting in much more efficient use of the rapid charging network.

“To protect the life of the battery, an electric car currently leaves the factory with a predetermined set of parameters that govern its performance, including how quickly it can be rapidly charged” said Elysia Commercial Lead Joe Jones. “Elysia offers car makers a much more sophisticated approach, unlocking improved performance safely and with no impact on battery life. Our intelligent charging algorithms allow the Battery Management System (BMS) to understand what conditions have the potential to damage the battery, and then using this information stay closer to the peak charging rate for longer, without ‘overstepping’ these limits. By reducing the time spent on a rapid charger by 10 mins for a typical electric vehicle, Elysia can increase the number of cars each charger can service in a day. The benefit here being twofold: happier electric car owners and more efficient utilisation of the existing rapid charging network.”

Elysia is built upon a combination of AI and data science, fused with electrochemical modelling expertise, whilst being grounded in real-world battery engineering and development experience. This expertise, amassed over more than a decade at the apex of battery advancement, has seen WAE push the limits of performance, longevity and charging in the harshest environments on the planet - with software playing a vital role.

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