Considering Hybrid and Electrical Mechanic Training? A Look at Designing Environmentally-Friendly Battery Packs
Going green is the way of the future for car manufacturers and car enthusiasts out there, as they become conscious of how their actions will shape the future of the environment. Hybrid and EVs are designed to reduce or eliminate emissions that are harmful to the environment, like CO2. However, there’s been a challenge with their lithium-ion batteries, as their composition of raw materials like nickel, cobalt, and lithium, raises ethical and environmental concerns. There’s hope, however, as car manufacturers look for ways to design environmentally-friendly battery packs that tackle these concerns.
Through our training program at ATC Surrey, you’ll be prepared to work with different battery packs, as you learn battery pack designs for energy storage capacity, as well as environmental protection and safety. Read on to discover what goes into designing environmentally-friendly battery packs!
Discover the Sealing Power of Foam After Your Hybrid and Electrical Mechanic Training
As EVs and hybrids boast new features, car manufacturers face the challenge of working with added weight, while attempting to increase the mileage with every single charge. Every element within EVs affects the overall efficiency and weight of the car. Car manufacturers are now turning to foam as an alternative to traditional gasket materials.
You will be prepared to work with a foam battery pack sealant after your hybrid and electrical mechanic training. You’ll get to experience how the cellular structure of foam allows for a homogeneous mixture to expand when sealing battery packs, which results in covering more space and using less product. You’ll also notice how the foam is a more durable substance that deters dust and water from entering the battery pack.
The Structural Design of the Battery Makes a Difference
Lithium-ion batteries are complicated in their design structure, requiring a lot of parts and unsustainable raw materials. Most battery packs have issues when it’s time to take them apart, as they are not easy to dismantle and the raw materials are hard to recycle. However, BYD came up with a new type of battery known as The Blade Battery, which uses cheaper material than cobalt and nickel. They also last longer and are generally less likely to start fires. Also, this battery pack is not broken down into modules, but rectangular-shaped cells arranged in rows making the overall battery pack more powerful. As a hybrid and electric vehicle mechanic, you may get to experience working with this new battery on the market.
A Cell-to-Pack (CTP) Concept is Making its Way into the Hybrid and EV industry
Instead of bounding individual battery cells into modules, a new method is being developed which is known as cell-to-pack (CTP). Both BYD and a new company called Our Next Energy (ONE), use a line-up of metal encased LFP battery prismatic cells, that are bonded together in a pack and surrounded by metal sides from top to bottom.
The pack is then mounted inside a vehicle’s chassis, helping to harden the vehicle’s structure. ONE is also using this concept to develop a CTP dual battery pack, to go along with a second high-energy battery pack that would recharge the first pack and increase a vehicle’s range.
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