26 March 2019 - Dr Alistair Davidson

Enabling the electric vehicle revolution

Enabling the electric vehicle revolution

The electric vehicle (EV) revolution is central to many government initiatives around the world, and particularly in Europe.

Europe’s Clean Mobility strategy, the European Battery Alliance, and the 2050 long-term strategy for climate goals all have a common focus: electric vehicles.

EVs are set to play an essential role in the world’s decarbonisation and electrification efforts. And one of the keys to this success is lead batteries, which are an essential enabler of the electric vehicle revolution.

If the primary battery in an EV fails, overheats or simply runs out, the auxiliary lead battery acts as a back-up

They support critical on-board emergency and safety functions, such as airbags, emergency systems, anti-lock brakes and battery management systems to name a few.

All these vital functions supported by a lead battery within the vehicle allow the car to be used safely by people on our roads every day.

Not only an enabler for the vehicle itself, lead batteries could also play an important role for EV charging stations, for example by providing backup power.

In this application, batteries can be charged when the grid energy demand is low, and then provide energy using batteries during high grid demand periods, reducing the overall cost of the system. This will become especially significant as demand for electric vehicles spreads across the globe, in developed and developing countries, in urban and rural communities.

Lead batteries provide a tried and tested solution, that withstand extreme temperatures and ensures power is regulated and readily available whenever needed.

Lead batteries are already playing their part in the EV revolution.

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