In the H2020 framework, the Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI),European Green Vehicle Initiative Association (EGVIA) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) promote the interest of electric vehicles (including two wheelers, cars, buses and trucks) and highlight the need to favorise the deployment of electric vehicle (EV). EV are on the verge of becoming common place on roads throughout Europe.
Batteries can fulfil the need for a constant, efficient, clean,safe and renewable power supply for vehicles. Battery storage systems have been recognized by all stakeholders as a key enabling technology to optimise the energy recuperation and the energy management of the whole vehicle with an appropriate level of safety while respecting the environment.
Worldwide, the most significant technological challenges currently facing electric vehicles are the cost and erformance of their components,particularly the battery. The development of new chemistries and cell architectures for the Li-ion battery is the only way to increase the cell capacity and the possible energy density which could lead to greater battery electric vehicle
In this context, the challenge to be addressed in the SPICY project is the development of new materials,facilities and technologies for advanced Li-ion batteries to support the development of a strong European industrial base in this field. The characteristic of the battery technology to develop must also take into account its lifetime, safety and environmental impact.
The SPICY project will then:
- Improve the Li-ion battery performances by demonstrating industrial scale prototypes improving cell-level energy densities by at least 20% by offering three solutions to render Li-ion cells safer based on Development of cathode electrode, Electrolyte stabilisation as well as Protective packaging.
- Reduce the battery pack and system cost by 20% thanks to identified technological bricks in which the cost can be reduced from the material selection (low content in Co), packaging, assembly procedure, manufacturing process (green process), recycling activities.