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Toshiba, Mitsubishi bring SCiB batteries to electric cars

Posted: 09 Jul 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SCiB battery? electric vehicle? Li-ion battery?

Toshiba Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. are collaborating to bring the SCiB battery to electric vehicles (EV). The SCiB is Toshiba's breakthrough rechargeable Li-ion battery that combines high levels of safety with a long life and rapid recharging, characteristics that make it highly suited to application in electric vehicles.

The SCiB module, now under development, houses the SCiB cells that utilize the capabilities of the SCiB to the full: It optimizes usage of individual cells in the battery and this, along with the long life cycle of the SCiB, adds to the overall durability of the battery over different cruising distances.

To bring SCiB to EV, Toshiba has developed a new original anode material and a new electrolyte that enhances both safety and rapid recharging. The long life of the SCiB will promote reduction in the waste that results from battery replacement and will contribute to a society that is required to save energy and reduce environmental loads.

Toshiba positions the SCiB as a new business with promising long-term growth potentialand one that is already showing its versatility, as the SCiB has already been selected for an electric bicycle, an electric motorcycle, and as part of the power storage in a microgrid system. Toshiba will produce SCiB for industrial applications, including EV and power storage, at Kashiwazaki Operations, a new facility in Niigata prefecture that is slated to start production in 2011.

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