Atlanta’s rolled and recycled aluminium firm Novelis Inc. announced yesterday the development of a new and improved type of aluminium sheet battery enclosure designed for use in electric vehicles.
A response to a need in the ballooning electric vehicle production market, this new battery enclosure is constructed of proprietary Novelis Advanz aluminium alloy products. The latest member of the electric-vehicle specific Novelis Alumineering Solution portfolio, the new line of all-aluminium battery enclosures is up to half the weight of a similar steel design, while being significantly more efficient to produce by enabling more than 160 watt-hours per kilogram.
In addition to its lightweight and efficiency characteristics, the new designs are highly versatile, as they are able to accommodate all battery cell types. The battery enclosures are specially suited for electric vehicles with larger power packs, including pick-up trucks and SUVs, and the firm says they represent the most cost-effective solution for battery enclosures on the market today.
Pierre Labat, Vice President, Global Automotive, Novelis Inc., greeted the achievement as a first in several areas.
“This is the first project resulting from Novelis’ recently launched Customer Solution Center network, which brings research and technical platforms, operations and commercial development together to increase collaboration and innovation with our partners. With our investment in design, joining and crash management capabilities, we were able to create a stronger, more efficient, and more cost-effective enclosure that can be fully customized to meet our customers’ needs.”
Kai-Uwe Salzmann, Vice President and CTO, EDAG Inc., said the new aluminium battery enclosures accomplished several of the electric vehicle market’s goals simultaneously.
“Novelis’ approach to the battery enclosure opportunity focuses on smartly balancing lightweighting with production cost, structural and thermal efficiency, and crash management, which we believe are the key drivers for adopting an aluminum-intensive solution for the marketplace.”
Novelis is a subsidiary of Mumbai’s Hindalco Industries Ltd. Based in Atlanta, the firm accounts for almost half of Hindalco’s consolidated revenue. The world’s largest recycler of aluminium, Novelis conducts operations in ten different countries, employs around eleven thousand people, and reported US$10 billion in revenue for the most recent fiscal year.