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Lotus Engineering launches Project BattCon, a pilot project introducing containerised battery test facilities in order to support the booming EV industry.

20 Nov 2020 | International News : U.K.


Lotus Engineering is launching a pilot containerised battery testing facility to assess energy storage solutions for the booming electric vehicle (EV) sector.

It will allow Lotus Engineering to carry out various battery cell, module and pack characterisation tests, performance evaluations, and component and lifetime testing under controlled conditions. Early feasibility study support and validation of mature designs for implementation into new vehicles will also be available.

Each container is a fully functioning laboratory, where various tests and performance evaluations can be performed under controlled conditions
The project has been named BattCon, an abbreviation of Battery Containerised Test Facility. The 'containers' are individual walk-in laboratories and will be in operation at Lotus HQ in Hethel, Norfolk, as well as the new Lotus Advanced Technology Centre in Wellesbourne, West Midlands.

Each is the size of a standard 12.2m shipping container and so can easily be packed up and transported as a mobile testing unit, available to Lotus Engineering customers wherever they are. Lotus has three operational units as part of the pilot scheme.

For clients, Lotus Engineering will offer an EV safety-compliant workshop facility with specialist staff experienced in testing batteries.

Companies new to the EV field, and those who would otherwise need to invest in additional test facilities, will have access to a fast, efficient and cost-effective solution to develop new technologies and speed up their route to market. For Lotus itself, the new technology will support ambitious plans to launch a new range of performance vehicles.

Each Battery Containerised Test Facility is the size of a standard shipping container, so it can be easily transported to wherever it is needed
Lotus Engineering has a wealth of experience in the design and engineering of EVs and other alternative propulsion powertrains dating back two decades. While many of the programmes remain confidential, the consultancy's work on the Tesla Roadster is the best-known example.

Services available include capacity determination, resistance mapping, current and power mapping, open circuit voltage determination and heat capacity. Lifetime testing is comprised of low-voltage cycling, high-voltage cycling, self-discharge determination, storage ageing, cycle ageing, drive cycle ageing and orientation.

One of the three Lotus containers features an ambient chamber, the temperature of which can be raised or lowered to replicate climatic extremes around the world.

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