Ceramics for Electric Vehicles
Electric vehicles have come a long way in recent years – from the first simple lead acid batteries powering simple industrial vehicles to mass market transport via F1 and Formula E race vehicles.
Current electric vehicles draw upon lithium ion battery technology and lightweight aluminum structures and bodies. The advances in power control via high thermal conductivity ceramics, enabling fast electronic circuitry, allow for precise and efficient use of the available battery life.
The race technology feeds its way down to the current production vehicles with improvements taking only six months to implement.
Technical ceramics have found their way into circuitry, production tooling, thermal shielding, energy recovery, metal processing, and much more.
The high energy density batteries have currently moved beyond ceramic battery structures such as sodium ion, but new innovative structures could return ceramics to the heart of future automotive developments.