Use of lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles

Byron John Kennedy, Dean Patterson, Steven Peter Camilleri

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    An account is given of the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack used in the Northern Territory University's solar car, Fuji Xerox Desert Rose, which competed in the 1999 World Solar Challenge (WSC). The reasons for the choice of Li-ion batteries over silver–zinc batteries are outlined, and the construction techniques used, the management of the batteries, and the battery protection boards are described. Data from both pre-race trialling and race telemetry, and an analysis of both the coulombic and the energy efficiencies of the battery are presented. It is concluded that Li-ion batteries show a real advantage over other commercially available batteries for traction applications of this kind.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)156-162
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Power Sources
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2000


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