New battery designs are required to fuel the electric vehicle revolution. Critical end-consumer perceptions of range anxiety, as well as price and safety concerns, must be addressed through batteries that offer reliable and safe operation of the car in tandem with fast charging.
Battery designs vary, most notably in terms of the type of battery cells used — manufacturers typically use either cylindrical, pouch or prismatic cells. Given the variety of designs, OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers face a common set of engineering and commercial challenges: cost reduction, lifetime performance optimization, safety and reliability, and seamless integration into the car body. Henkel’s best-in-class thermal management materials, adhesives, sealants, and coating technologies can support vehicle manufacturers and suppliers in addressing these challenges. As battery technology and manufacturing is a major cost driver, optimizing the production processes with high performance materials can drive down overall electric vehicle prices.