Toshiba Corporation today announced that it is working with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation to bring the SCiB™ battery to electric vehicles (EV). The SCiB™ is Toshiba’s breakthrough rechargeable lithium-ion battery that combines high levels of safety with a long life and rapid recharging, characteristics that make it highly suited to application in electric vehicles.
The SCiB™ module now under development houses the SCiB™ cells that utilizes the capabilities of the SCiB™ to the full: It optimizes usage of individual cells in the battery and this, along with the long life cycle of the SCiB™, adds to the overall durability of the battery over different cruising distances.
In bringing the SCiB™ to electric vehicles, Toshiba has developed a new original anode material and a new electrolyte that enhances both safety and rapid recharging. The long life of the SCiB™ will promote reduction in the waste that results from battery replacement and will contribute to a society that is required to save energy and reduce environmental loads.
Description of SCiBTM :
SCiBTM is a Rechargeable battery. Its features include a high level of safety, long life of more than 6,000 charge-discharge cycles, rapid charging, high power output performance, and good cryogenic operation.
Exceptional long life is achieved by using new oxide-based materials. Capacity loss after 3000 charge-discharge cycles is less than 10%. Achieves more than 6000 charge-discharge cycles.
More than 90 percent of the SCiBTM cell capacity can be charged in just 5 minutes using a large charging current (max. 50A).
SCiBTM is a well-balanced battery that combines high power output and large capacity with power density almost equal to that of capacitors.
SCiBTM provides sufficient discharge at temperatures as low as -30℃. This assures application in a wide range of temperature environments.
Toshiba positions the SCiB™ as a new business with promising long term growth potential—and one that is already showing its versatility, as the SCiB™ has already been selected for an electric bicycle, an electric motorcycle, and as part of the power storage in a microgrid system. Toshiba will produce SCiB™ for industrial applications, including electric vehicle and power storage, at Kashiwazaki Operations, a new facility in Niigata prefecture that is slated to start production in 2011. In the electric vehicles sector, Toshiba will move ahead by establishing an operating structure for promoting sales and marketing activities that will secure orders and allow it to respond quickly to market growth.