New Battery Technology Arrives
ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands – Qwic Hartmobile BV of the Netherlands and Oxis Energy Ltd. of the United Kingdom have announced a collaboration to develop and launch the world’s first electric scooter powered by Polymer Lithium Sulphur batteries. The Oxis batteries will be integrated into the ‘Wesp’ scooter which will go on sale in 2013.
Qwic is currently developing the Wesp, an innovative electric scooter specifically designed for the urban environment. With its one charge range, it will be user-friendly and practical.
“The new partnership between Qwic and Oxis will result in a superb, high range, lightweight and indestructible urban commuter E-scooter,” said Michiel Hartman, owner and co-founder of Qwic. The new E-scooter will be assembled at Qwic’s new factory which was opened in Rotterdam last month. Early models are powered by conventional Li-ion technology. However, in 2014, the battery will be replaced with Oxis Polymer Lithium Sulphur batteries, further improving range and safety.
5 times the performance of existing technology
Compared to Lithium-ion, the Oxis battery system with its excellent energy density and reduced weight will evolve towards 5 times the performance of existing technology.This will provide the consumer with significantly longer travelling distances per charge.
The Oxis Polymer Lithium Sulphur battery system is inherently safer and more reliable than current battery systems and the cells can easily handle many abuse conditions including extreme temperatures and nail penetration. Its chemistry is ultimately biodegradable, as it does not contain heavy metals or toxic components. Oxis is confident that its battery systems will be significantly cheaper than that of Lithium ion. Furthermore the cells have a very long shelf-life, with no charging required during storage when left for extended periods.
Oxis Energy Ltd
Since 2004, Oxis Energy has been involved in the design, development and now the move towards commercial production of Polymer Lithium Sulphur cells for electric vehicles battery systems. It has been granted 25 patents, with 44 pending. Oxis has demonstrable empirical data, justifying its claim on the inherent safety of its battery technology.More at www.oxisenergy.com.