FPT Industrial a global powertrain brand of CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI/ MI: CNH), is participating in the European battery research project SeNSE. Together with five other industrial companies and five research institutes, the Brand will work over the next four years to find solutions for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries.
These future batteries, called “generation 3b”, will have higher energy density, improved cell chemistry, faster charging capability and many other benefits that make it more advanced when comparing it to today’s lithium-ion technology. The target is to produce them in a European Gigafactory, with one of the partners planning to build the first Gigafactory in the region soon.
The research within SeNSE also foresees the sustainability of generation 3b cells, with the cathode, the positively charged electrode of an electrical device, being manufactured without the use of flammable and toxic solvents, which will simplify their production as well as reduce their cost. Which will not only protect the environment but also reduce the cost of production. In addition, the project considers a renewed lifecycle for decommissioned vehicle batteries as stationary storage units and, finally, the recycling of the batteries.
This project reflects FPT Industrial’s increasing focus on alternative propulsion, which has seen the Brand act on different technological fronts. Its efforts include this, and other collaborative projects within the European Union.
SenSE is part of the European Battery Alliance, an initiative launched by the European Commission in 2017 to create a competitive manufacturing value chain in Europe with sustainable battery cells and is supported by the EU research funding program Horizon 2020.