Continental and VARTA are developing a particularly powerful battery for electric two-wheelers

Continental’s development and production service provider, Continental Engineering Services (CES) is cooperating with the battery specialist VARTA. The aim of the partnership is to develop new technologies and products that particularly lead to advances in sustainable solutions in the field of electro mobility. In a first pilot project, both partners have jointly developed an innovative product for the two-wheeler market: A replaceable 48-volt battery pack for electrically powered two-wheelers with a power of 10 kW and more. Such vehicles are comparable in engine power and top speed with conventionally powered scooters from 125 cc engine displacement. The battery pack consists of VARTA’s V4Drive high-performance cell based on lithium-ion technology, which is characterized by its high performance, fast chargeability, low-temperature resistance and compact design. A specially developed battery management system from CES now allows the use of this extremely powerful battery cell in automotive two-wheeler applications. The special feature: The lightweight (nine kg) battery pack gives a range of 50 kilometers and power of 10 kW. It can be detached from the two-wheeler with a simple pull and charged externally. In addition, any number of battery packs can be connected and controlled via the new battery management systems. As a result the range of an e-scooter can be doubled to 100 kilometers by using two batteries.

This innovative technology closes a gap in the rapidly growing market for battery-powered vehicles. Current commercially available e-scooters (mostly comparable with conventional 50 cc scooters) have little appeal to commuters due to their limited top speed. More powerful electric two-wheelers, on the other hand, have so far always had a built-in battery, which in principle requires a separate parking space with charging facility. “Continental Engineering Services and VARTA have jointly developed an attractive solution for commuters without their own parking space,” says Alex Rupprecht, Director Business Segment Driveline & Electrification at CES. “The 48-volt swappable battery based on the revolutionary V4Drive cell paired with our innovative battery management system enables the breakthrough of electric mobility for a long range commute on two wheels. The battery system has a high power density, meets the automotive standards in its performance class and can easily be removed from the scooter and charged quickly. This is an ideal solution for commuters who don’t have a charging opportunity at their parking space."

The new, powerful battery solution can revolutionize two-wheeler traffic

Intelligent battery solutions are the key to the success of electromobility. This is because the shift away from conventional propulsion technologies to sustainable drive variants requires one thing above all: Powerful and robust battery systems. “Properties such as high energy density, fast charging capability and flexibility in the design of our cylindrical V4Drive cell are decisive for progress in electro mobility,” explains Gordon Clements, General Manager at VARTA Solutions. “In addition, intelligent battery management is important for getting full performance from battery solutions. At Continental Engineering Services, we have a perfect partner which brings proven automotive cutting-edge technology to our knowledge of battery and storage solutions. In this way, we will continue to develop technologies together that offer great added value to people and, last but not least, to the environment.” The easily replaceable and quickly chargeable battery solution for high-performance electric scooters offers all the advantages that users expect from an urban and environmentally friendly two-wheeler.

This cooperation between two major established corporations now makes this technological leap possible. In a context of increasingly scarce fossil fuels and their impact on the climate, CES and VARTA want to use this partnership to promote low-emission, particularly robust and economical drive alternatives. VARTA is one of the leading technology companies for batteries and energy storage units. In turn, Continental Engineering Services offers extensive know-how in the development of technologies and components for battery-powered electric vehicles. Backed by the complete Continental automotive and two-wheeler portfolio, CES as a wholly owned subsidiary is in a position to develop innovative, pragmatic and, not least, cost-attractive solutions particularly quickly. Components and system development already tested in large-scale production can be customized and further developed with precision. For example, the new battery system for two-wheeled electric vehicles was also realized in just half a year, from the first idea to fully functional prototypes.

 

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VARTA AG 生产和销售全面的电池产品组合,从微型电池、家用电池、储能系统到客户定制的电池解决方案,应用领域广泛,并作为技术领导者,在关键领域数量了行业标准。作为集团母公司,它有“微型电池和解决方案”和“家用电池”两个业务部门。

“微型电池和解决方案”部门侧重于微型电池的 OEM 业务以及锂离子电池组业务。通过深入研发,VARTA 在微型电池领域树立了全球标准,并在锂离子技术和助听器一次性电池等重要的增长市场中成为公认的创新领导者。“家用电池”业务部门涉及面向终端消费者的电池业务,包括家用电池、充电电池、充电器、便携式电源(移动电源)、照明以及储能设备。VARTA AG 集团目前拥有约 4,000 名员工。VARTA AG 在欧洲和亚洲拥有五家生产和制造工厂,并在亚洲、欧洲和美国设有分销中心。目前,VARTA AG 运营的子公司活跃于全球超过 75 个国家。