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Ford and Samsung working on a new type of car battery

Published by on Jun 5, 2014 in News Leave a comment

Ford Samsung Battery

A while ago, Ford and Samsung started a partnership whose purpose was the development of a new type of car battery that would replace the conventional lead-acid battery. They’re not there yet, but progress is being made, and the two giants have revealed one of the first results of their partnership, which is a new battery system developed for future non-hybrid cars that benefit from brake energy regeneration systems. Basically, what Ford and Samsung did was connect a Lithium-ion battery to a conventional lead-acid one in order to achieve a micro-hybrid system that doesn’t include an electric motor but is designed to significantly improve fuel economy by reducing the amount of electricity required by the car’s different components.

The new battery system will be installed on upcoming Ford models and the Detroit carmaker is pretty sure these models will see a much better fuel economy. The system can support both Start-Stop technology for non-hybrids and brake energy regeneration and despite the two company not releasing the exact way the system works, we can assume the Lithium-ion battery is used thanks to its longer life, with more recharging cycles. This battery is probably being used to charge the vehicle’s electric system when the engine is turned off, while the brake energy regeneration component charges the system for the next time it will be necessary.

As for the new battery that is supposed to replace the conventional ones, Ford’s officials said the project is quite advanced and the first prototype is around 12 pounds (5.5 kg) lighter than lead-acid batteries. Finding an alternative for the conventional batteries would mean a great deal to the automotive industry, since these ones are becoming quite technologically limited and are pretty heavy. Unfortunately, Lithium-ion batteries are not a solution at the moment, since they don’t offer the same performances in extreme weather conditions and can’t actually provide the same electric charge.

Source: Ford

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