Electrovaya to Use New MN Series Li-Ion Battery Technology in NYSERDA Plug-In Hybrid Conversion Contract
Electrovaya Inc. has received an US$100,000 contract from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to develop and demonstrate a plug-in hybrid concept using the Ford Escape Hybrid vehicle. The contract is one of four NYSERDA has awarded for PHEV conversions. (Earlier post.)
Electrovaya will use its recently-announced MN Series Lithium Ion SuperPolymer battery in the project. The MN Series, which is a Lithiated Manganese Oxide based system, offers up to 50% higher energy density than and comparable safety characteristics to Electrovaya’s Phosphate-Series chemistry, according to the company. (Earlier post.)
The new series offers density of beyond 330 Wh/kg and 650 Wh/liter, compared to Electrovaya’s older technology with 225 Wh/kg and 475 Wh/liter. Electrovaya will seek to provide a longer all-electric range for the plug-in hybrid.
In addition to Electrovaya’s battery and battery management system, the vehicle will be equipped with an on-board charger, such that the battery can be charged from most 120V electrical outlets.
The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle concept is gathering momentum in the US and elsewhere and Electrovaya, a co-founder of the Plug-in Hybrid Development Consortium, is proud to be working with the State of New York on this most environmentally important project.—Dr. Sankar Das Gupta, CEO of Electrovaya
Electrovaya’s New York operations are presently located in Ballston Spa and expected to move to NYSERDA’s expanded STEP (Saratoga Technology and Energy Park) facilities towards the end of 2007.