UK traction battery developer Axeon’s technology will power two vehicles in this year’s RAC Future Car Challenge Brighton-to-London run – the Jaguar XJ_e plug-in hybrid research project vehicle and Emerald Automotive’s t-001 range-extended electric van.
The Jaguar XJ_e and Emerald Automotive t-001 will enter the 60-mile energy-saving driving challenge from Madeira Drive in Brighton to Regent’s Street in London’s West End on Saturday 3 November 2012.
Jaguar’s XJ_e plug-in hybrid advanced research project uses a 12.3kWh battery pack from Axeon that provides an electric range of up to 25 miles and helps achieve CO2 emissions of less than 75g/km. The battery powers a 69kW motor, which sits alongside a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the car’s drivetrain. The battery uses lithium iron phosphate pouch cells in liquid-cooled/heated self-contained modules for optimum battery management and safety.
For Emerald Automotive’s t-001 range-extended electric van, which the start-up plans to assemble in Missouri, USA, Axeon designed and manufactured two custom 25kWh battery packs. The t-001 has an electric range of 66 miles and projected CO2 emissions of 22g/km. The batteries use Axeon’s proprietary battery management system and flexible pouch cell module design technology.