Vorarlberg-based battery specialist e.battery systems and Indian company Amara Raja Batteries are starting joint development of the first liquid-cooled battery for 2- and 3-wheeled vehicles in India. The battery with immersion cooling and rapid charging will be designed specifically for the fast-growing Indian market for e-scooters and e-rickshaws and is scheduled for testing in early 2023. From fall 2023, production of more than 10,000 units per year is planned in a specially built semi-automated production line in India.
With around 15 million new registrations per year, India is the second largest motorcycle market in the world. The share of e-scooters is currently around twelve percent – and rising sharply. This also applies to the growing market for electric rickshaws. The Austrian technology company e.battery systems, based in Wolfurt (Vorarlberg), and Amara Raja Batteries, India's second-largest battery manufacturer, are now jointly developing safe, durable and efficient lithium ion batteries for 2- and 3-wheeled vehicles. Series production is scheduled to start in fall 2023.
At the beginning of August, the two companies signed a long-term agreement at Amara Raja Batteries' headquarters in Hyderabad in the southern Indian state of Telangana to develop, produce and market the first swappable battery with immersion cooling on the Indian market. In the innovative technology, the battery cells are surrounded by a non-conductive liquid. This ensures uniform cooling and enables faster charging processes.
"It can get very hot in India. That is where safety and precise temperature control are of paramount importance. An immersion liquid cools more efficiently as well as more effectively than conventional methods and thus the battery's life can be expended by up to 30 percent," explains Christopher Schöpf, founder and CEO of e.battery systems.