Ford, GE, and University of Michigan Work Together to Improve EV Batteries

Ford, GE, and the University of Michigan are working together to make electric vehicle batteries more efficient, with the goal of increasing the popularity and practicality of electric vehicles.

Online PR News – 15-August-2012 – Hillsborough, NC – Ford, GE, and the University of Michigan are joining together with the goal of improving the batteries in EV vehicles. This venture was announced in early August and Ray Motor Company is pleased to share in the excitement. Ford, GE, and the University of Michigan hope to not only improve the battery life, but also the function of the battery, which in turn will help boost the practicality and popularity of EV vehicles.

GE part in this trio will include using its ultrathin battery sensor system to get real-time information from the EV batteries. This will include measuring the health of the battery and also temperature, voltage, and current. Aaron Knobloch, principal investigator and mechanical engineer at GE Global Research, said, “The car battery remains the greatest barrier and most promising opportunity to bringing EVs mainstream. Improvements in the range, cost, and life of the battery will all be needed to EVs to be competitive.”

For its part in the plan, the University of Michigan will be analyzing the data collected by GE’s sensors. They will use the data to help determine whether the batteries are producing better results. Using all of the information they collect, they will create models to help predict future battery cell behavior.

In the third part of the team, Ford will be the literal test vehicle for the new and improved batteries. They will fit the GE sensor technology batteries into one of its cars to test it under real-life conditions. This is a 3-year $3.1 million project, which should hopefully lead to more affordable, smarter hybrid and electric vehicles.

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