Low temperature performance means you would be less likely to get stranded if riding up in the alps.
While Enevate doesn’t give any secrets away about how it is made, the fact that it uses less lithium is another safety, economic, environmental and humanitarian benefit.
Bill explains: “Li-ion cell safety issues are typically caused by contamination or lithium-plating. For today’s conventional graphite Li-ion cells available, lithium plating typically happens at very high charge rates and/or charging at low temperatures. Enevate’s technology does not have any lithium plating and can be safer than conventional graphite cells.”
The company says the size and expense of batteries is a hurdle to widespread adoption of electric vehicles.
It’s also a particular hindrance to motorcycles which weigh less and usually cost a lot less than cars.
However, we have seen electric motorcycles at ridiculous prices. For example, the LiveWire costs almost $US30,000 in the US and could cost more than $A40,000 when it is launched here late this year.
Enevate say their batteries have much higher energy density which means they can be smaller and therefore a lower cost component of the whole vehicle cost.
Their claim that recharging will be 10 times faster means that electric motorcycles such as the LiveWire that take all night to recharge from a standard AC output could recharge in less than an hour.
If the rider has access to a DC fast charger, that time can drop to about five minutes with the Enevate battery which compares with Harley’s claim of 30 minutes for the LIveWire.
The big hurdle in Australia is our lack of such infrastructure, but it is gradually being installed across the nation’s highways.