It's Electrifying: Key Chemistries for Advancing E-mobility

Today begins the SAE Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies symposium, where industry leaders come together to discuss products, trends and the future of e-mobility.

"We expect to continue seeing significant growth in the use of lithium-ion batteries for a variety of vehicles ranging from micro-hybrids to full battery electric vehicles in the coming years as we approach the 2025 CAFE deadline," says Mike Scarparti, e-mobility industry manager. "Because of this, our e-mobility team is examining this new and dynamic market to learn what chemistry solutions will benefit our customers in the future."

Right now, we offer a key advantage to our customers that cannot be matched by other suppliers.

Right now, we offer a key advantage to our customers that cannot be matched by other suppliers.

Battery cells are built using cathode materials and electrolytes and we offer both components in tandem. This combination allows us to help our customers optimize the performance of their cells.

In addition, we have the chemistry to aid in the production of battery packs and charging stations.  For example, our Elastollan® TPU is used in the jacketing of the charge cable because it has excellent abrasion resistance, strong coil retention and low temperature flexibility.

As current and impending regulations put a squeeze on the options automakers have when designing and manufacturing a vehicle, electrification of the vehicle, to some extent, will lead to increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.

"During 2013, U.S. sales of light-duty vehicles increased by a healthy 7.5 percent from 2012 levels," says Scarparti. "It's interesting to note that the sales of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles increased by 80 percent in that same time frame."

To learn more about our e-mobility offerings, visit us at e-mobility.basf.us