A new coating technology developed jointly by ORNL and XALT increases battery energy density so that Formula E race cars that currently last only half the race at 140 mph could power through the whole race to the finish line at 160 mph. This new technology could be on the race track as early as October 2017.
ORNL is giving US manufacturers a boost by operating the country’s largest open-access battery manufacturing research and development center. The DOE Battery Manufacturing R&D Facility provides scientists the ability to analyze every aspect of battery production, from raw materials to finished product.
XALT lithium-ion energy storage technology is creating new jobs in the United States by manufacturing batteries in Michigan to power electric buses.
ORNL and XALT focus on safety and performance in developing new energy storage technologies. Watch this video to see Formula E driver Nick Heidfeld walk away from a spectacular crash with the battery still intact and operational.