Colorado-based Elithion has shipped a production order for Lithiumate Pro Li-ion battery management systems (BMS) to Russian automaker AvtoVaz for inclusion in its all-electric car EL LADA. The shipment includes 110 masters and more than 10,000 cell boards.
The Lithiumate Pro BMS supports all cell form factors—prismatic, small and large cylindrical, pouch—and is targeted for mid-voltage Lithium-ion chemistries:
- Lithium iron phosphate (LFP): LiFePO4, LiFeYPO4
- Lithium cobalt oxide (LCO): LiCoO2
- Lithium manganese oxide (LMO): LiMn2O4
- Lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC): LiNiMnCoO2
- Lithium nickel cobalt aluminium oxide (NCA): LiNiCoAlO2
It is suited for large packs of up to 256 cells (~ 900 V), in up to 16 banks.
Elithion said that AvtoVaz chose the Lithiumate Pro BMS due to its performance, its track record, its ease of installation and its attractive price. The Russian automaker chose Elithion due to its ability to provide production quantities rapidly, and its technical knowledge and support.
The first batch of cars will become taxis in the Stavropol region in the near future. EL LADA is based on the LADA Kalina, and can accelerate to 130 km/h (81 mph), has a range of 150 km (93 miles), and can be charged from home outlets.
Elithion designs, manufactures and markets Battery Management Systems, large Li-ion traction packs, and Li-ion battery modules for large, stationary battery installations. It serves the automotive, utility vehicle, marine, power utility and telecom industries.
Elithion was founded in 2008 by Davide Andrea (author of the book “Battery Management Systems for Large Lithium-Ion Battery Packs”), and was one of the first companies to offer an off-the-shelf Li-ion BMS.