Electric vehicles now reach more segments than ever. As this happens, batteries powering them will surely vary a lot from one manufacturer to the next. This led to the development of various battery strategy trends. Right now, according to Pickering Auto Arvada, automakers look for an appropriate approach to win electric vehicle customers.
A clear growth appears in the way in which automakers are pitching their offers to consumers. Electric vehicles need to be really appealing to people. With this in mind, here are some trends that now shape EV battery development. They also influence vehicle appearance.
This trend maximizes the energy density of the battery through the design known as Z stacking. We see the manufacturer stacking the battery cells right one on top of the other. This offers a lot of power in just a limited available space. Through this design, taller electrical vehicles are favored.
The use of z stacking makes battery use efficient inside vehicle usable space. However, in North America there is a preference for SUVs and trucks. These have a higher seating position. Z stacking makes it easy for the automakers to embrace exactly that. The battery comes in a really tall package, which is exactly what the SUV is all about.
Batteries In The Body Structure
The trend is to use a battery right as a part of the electrical vehicle’s structure. Vehicle body is stiff and a battery pack can help with this structure. The use of this type of battery makes it a lot easier to create an electric vehicle that is shorter. This can favor use in the European market as tall SUVs are not actually loved there, as in the US.
Other Battery Issues
There are also other battery issues that are going to drive decisions in the design of electric vehicles. The two really common ones that have to be mentioned are:
- Figuring out how the cell design of the battery is to be managed in order to lower thermal runaway risk. This is something that happens when the battery short-circuits and produces too much heat. A chain reaction is practically created in all the adjacent cells.
- Batteries are designed in order to isolate the cells. This is advantageous because when failure happens in one module or cell, it does not spread to the other modules or cells.
Battery charging can also drastically influence electric vehicle design. Automakers need to figure out how battery access happens and how to properly position the battery inside the vehicle.
Unfortunately, technology did not evolve to the point at which we have a really quick-charging option that is available. In the future, it is a certainty that this is going to influence the way in which people understand electric vehicles and the way in which people adapt to battery charging.
To sum up, the design of the electric battery used in electric vehicles directly influences overall car design. The two trends we mentioned above are the norm at the moment but others might appear in the future.