As government has asked ISRO to share the technology for producing indigenous lithium-ion batteries for automobiles with the manufacturers interested in producing these batteries, including those from the private sector to obtain this technology for the mass production. So here are some of the facts one should know about this progressive step.
ISRO’s major research center has developed and tested this indigenous lithium-ion technology for producing efficient automobile batteries.
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ISRO has earlier also developed similar batteries for satellite and the launch vehicle applications.
ISRO will soon come up with a framework to make this process smooth.
The government is looking forward to pushing and increasing the use of electric vehicles to reduce air pollution, which is one of the biggest health concerns. Such lithium-ion batteries possess high-power, weigh less and their volume is lesser than conventional batteries.
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ISRO a has already developed and delivered a lithium-ion battery unit prototype to Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) for testing the battery at their Pune facility. ARAI was expected to finish the testing and clear the batteries by end of 2016, but these batteries are yet to arrive in the market.image credits: Google
Many automobile firms like Mahindra, Renault, Hyundai, Nissan, and Tata Motors, along with battery manufacturers and public sector undertakings like High Energy Batteries, BHEL and Indian Oil have approached ISRO for accruing this technology.
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At presented these lithium-ion batteries are imported and are highly expensive, therefore, the Government of India has intervened and asked ISRO to permit the interested players to get access to the technology for mass production of Lithium-Ion batteries for automobiles.
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ISRO’s help to automobile manufacturers for developing indigenous technology for lithium-ion batteries will make these batteries cost effective and within the reach of Indian customers.
It will be interesting to see how the manufacturers utilize this technology and launch different new vehicles in the market.