Toshiba Corp. announced Nov. 17 that its SCiBTM rechargeable battery has been selected by Honda Motor Co. to power its new electric car, the Fit EV.
Toshiba will supply battery modules for the new car, which Honda will introduce next summer in Japan and the United States.
The SCiBTM module for the FIT EV was developed with Honda. The module was supplied to Honda in December 2010 for evaluation in real-world testing of next-generation personal mobility products that the company conducted with Saitama and Kumamoto prefectures.
Honda selected the SCiBTM module for the FIT EV after a comprehensive evaluation program that tested the battery's performance under diverse and demanding conditions.
The SCiBTM has features that make it highly suited for automotive applications.
Lithium titanate oxide in the battery anode achieves rapid charge times and a long battery life, and the SCiBTM is also capable of rapid charge and stable power discharge in a wide range of environments.
In extremely cold conditions, the SCiBTM is less likely to experience lithium metal deposition, which enhances the risk of internal short circuiting and battery degradation, and at high temperatures, the impact on battery degradation is lower than in conventional lithium-ion batteries.
The characteristics of the SCiBTM battery cell also allow electric vehicles to achieve longer driving distances.
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