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4 March, 2021 - 13:53 By Tony Quested

Cambridge duo hit overdrive in fast car battery research

Cambridge University spin-out Echion Technologies and industrial heavyweight Johnson Matthey are collaborating to bring the fastest-charging batteries ever seen to the automotive sector.

The duo are combining their resources in a project co-funded by Innovate UK. Echion and JM are uniting to assess the business case for joint commercialisation of fast-charge battery technology for the markets. 

The effort will include understanding detailed market requirements, matching these with actual and modelled product performance and building a strategic roadmap to accelerate market entry.

As part of the project, Echion and JM are developing a high-performance cell design with Echion’s fast-charging Mixed Niobium Oxide (MNO) anode technology and JM’s eLNO® cathode materials. This novel design will be modelled to different configurations and closely mapped to mass market requirements.

The technology has the potential to enable more efficient and cost-effective hybrid vehicles benefiting from improved regenerative braking and full electric vehicles with decreased battery size and cost which benefit from the convenience of fast-charging.

Jean De La Verpilliere, Echion CEO said: “It’s great to work with Johnson Matthey to jointly seek commercial opportunities for our unique yet highly complementary technologies. I’m very happy with the working relationship established between Echion and JM teams and look forward to engaging the market with our demonstrators.”

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