Skeleton signs agreement for fast-charging batteries 

Global technology company Skeleton Technologies has signed a collaboration agreement with global automotive supplier Martinrea International Inc to target supply of Skeleton’s SuperBattery technology and Martinrea’s Effenco Hybrid Electric solution, aiming to electrify and decarbonise vocational fleets safely.
Skeleton signs agreement for fast-charging batteries 
Courtesy of Skeleton Technologies.

Martinrea International is engaged in the design, development, and manufacturing of highly engineered, value-added Lightweight Structures and Propulsion Systems, and electrification technologies for heavy-duty vehicles through its Effenco subsidiary.

The Effenco solution utilises a unique ultracapacitor-based technology in refuse collection vehicles. The collaboration agreement aims to to electrify refuse collection vehicle fleets in Europe and North America and achieve the best performance by reducing greenhouse gas emissions while dramatically improving safety without impacting operations.

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work more closely with Skeleton Technologies” said Bruce Johnson, Executive Vice President, Martinrea Innovation Development. “Both our companies possess an exceptional level of technical expertise, allowing us to further develop innovative solutions to electrification challenges for our customer partners. This partnership creates value by reducing greenhouse emissions, engine usage hours, fuel consumption, noise pollution, and related maintenance.”

The collaboration between the two companies will position Martinrea and Skeleton to exploit electrification growth opportunities. At a time when cities’ top priority is reducing emissions, electric mobility is critical in the path to net zero. The absence of cost-efficient and safe solutions for fleet electrification has hindered cities’ decarbonisation efforts. SuperBattery, developed by Skeleton Technologies precisely aims to solve these issues and serve the needs of hard-to-decarbonise industries whose power and safety requirements cannot be served by other batteries on the market.

“Our SuperBattery has been specifically designed and developed to enable the decarbonisation of sectors and industries whose power, safety, and efficiency needs cannot be served by other battery technologies” added Taavi Madiberk, CEO and co-founder of Skeleton Technologies. “We are therefore very glad to join forces with Martinrea to dramatically reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency of refuse collection vehicles in New York City and Paris. Reaching net-zero implies that all sectors will decarbonise, which underlines the need to provide the most-suitable enabling technologies for electrification. We are looking forward to deepening this collaboration with Martinrea and innovate further together for the decarbonisation of heavy-duty vehicles.”

SuperBattery is a groundbreaking technology offering a safer and more efficient alternative to conventional li-ion batteries, and can be charged in 90 seconds, has 50,000 life cycles, and is free from cobalt, copper, and nickel. It is also unburnable and much safer than li-ion batteries, even when crushed, pierced, or overheated. It can help eliminate 40-50 percent of CO2 emissions in these sectors while lowering the total cost of ownership.

The safety of SuperBattery technology also enables vehicle design optimisation and ensures no thermal runaways occur. The solution developed by the two companies can be installed on new heavy-duty vehicles or existing fleets. As a first step, it will be implemented in New York City and Paris before being made available globally.

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Skeleton Technologies

Martinrea International Inc

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