Electrovaya in Commercial Electric Vehicle Project
12 July 2005
Electrovaya, maker of the Maya EV (earlier post), is receiving CDN $1.7 million (US $ 1.4 million) from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to support the development and demonstration of the company’s Lithium Ion SuperPolymer battery system for application in zero-emission battery electric vehicles, principally in vehicle fleet applications.
This project is also receiving an investment of CDN $3.9 million (US $3.23 million) from Electrovaya and a consortium including a commercial vehicle manufacturer, a fleet operator, an energy company and a utility.
Partners in the consortium include: Unicell, a manufacturer of commercial fleet vehicles and automotive parts for the Canadian and US market; Purolator, a vehicle fleet operator; SouthWestern Energy, an energy company; and Halton Hills Hydro Limited, a utility company.
Electrovaya’sCanada Li-ion superpolymer batteries presently offer an energy density of approximately 225 Wh/kg and 475 Wh/liter. The company has a research program underway to increase the cell energy density to beyond 330 Wh/kg and 650Wh/liter.
Unicell is working with ArvinMeritor to develop an all-electric drivetrain for commercial vehicles. The resulting new Class 4 medium-duty vehicle (GVWR of 16,000 lbs) will use a fully-electric drivetrain and will be demonstrated in 2006. (Earlier post.)
We are very pleased to be working with Electrovaya and their SuperPolymer technology. This will enable our upcoming electric commercial vehicle to have greater range, higher payload and more performance than currently available with existing battery technologies.—Scott Vader, President, Unicell
Purolator is an aggressive early adopter of hybrid and electric technologies, and is working with Azure Dynamics and Hydrogenics on separate hybrid and fuel cell projects. Purolator could end up purchasing some 400 hybrid electric vans annually as its existing vehicles age out. (Earlier post.)
Purolator’s vision is to lead the industry to a future standard of zero vehicle emissions. The reduction of our environmental footprint will benefit our customers, employees, the environment and the company. Electrovaya’s battery shows great promise for meeting our sustainability goals for transportation.—Serge Viola, Director of National Fleet/Maintenance for Purolator
Sustainable Development Technology Canada is a foundation created by the Government of Canada that operates a CDN $550 million fund to support the development and demonstration of clean technologies.
The award to Electrovaya was one of 15 awards totalling CDN $43.4 (US $36 million) the foundation made to clean technology projects.
The only other transportation award went to Pratt & WhCanadaCandad to support the development of low-emission gas turbine aircraft engines. The technology promises to deliver significant reductions of NOx, CO, VOC and particulates, as well as reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
Other projects included portable hydrogen-fuel-cell powered devices, tidal power and solar power.
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