These future batteries, called “generation 3b”, will have higher energy density,
improved cell chemistry, enhanced battery management system, extended lifecycle,
faster charging capability and more refined temperature management when compared
to today’s lithium-ion technology. The target is to produce them in European
gigafactories, with one of the partners planning to build the first gigafactory in the
region in the next few years.
The research within SeNSE also foresees the sustainability of generation 3b cells,
with the cathode, the positively charged electrode of an electrical device, being
manufactured without the use of flammable and toxic solvents, which will simplify their
production and reduce their cost. In addition, the project considers a renewed lifecycle
for decommissioned vehicle batteries as stationary storage units and, finally, the
recycling of the batteries.
This project reflects FPT Industrial’s increasing focus on alternative propulsion,
which has seen the Brand act on different technology fronts. Its efforts include this and
other collaborative projects with the European Union.