VIASPACE Inc., a company that commercializes space and defense technologies from NASA and the Department of Defense, has begun sales of a Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) lithium-ion battery pack. The first battery pack has been delivered for evaluation to an electric bike (eBike) manufacturer.
The pack is based on lithium polymer cells manufactured by VIASPACE partner Yoku (Hong Kong and Zhangzhou). The VIASPACE Lithium Polymer batteries are four times lighter, and nearly three times smaller than lead-acid batteries currently used in most eBikes, and they demonstrate much greater life. A single small battery pack yields a 40 mile range, and a pack the size of the current lead acid battery will yield more than 100 miles.
Yoku manufactures 250 sizes of its prismatic lithium polymer batteries, ranging from 50-55,000 mAh capacity.
The electric bike market is expected to grow four-fold over the next two years. The first target for VIASPACE eBike batteries in this $6 Billion industry will be an advanced folding commuter bike that is small enough to be folded and taken on trains and in car trunks. VIASPACE eBike batteries are also under test for use in both mountain and street eBikes.