Electric vehicles to benefit from new research efforts

August 29, 2013 0 By Erin Kilgore

Batteries and electric vehicles subject of new research initiative from the Department of Energy

Batteries have long held a place within the renewable energy sector. Lithium-ion batteries, in particular, have been praised as effective storage systems for clean energy and they have also become an integral part of clean transportation. Today, these batteries are being used in electric vehicles, which are becoming more popular around the world. As the demand for electric vehicles grows, however, the need for more efficient storage technologies is also growing.

Cloteam wins DOE contract

Cloteam, a startup technology firm, has been awarded a $3.5 million contract from the U.S. Department of Energy. Per the contract, the company will work to develop new energy storage technologies for electric vehicles. Cloteam is one of 22 other companies that have won funding from the Department of Energy for such purposes. Many of these companies are working to develop new battery technologies to improve the performance of electric vehicles.

Electric Vehicles ResearchNew battery management systems may make electric vehicles more efficient

Cloteam will focus on developing a new battery packing system that is compatible with various forms of batteries. This system will be responsible for managing the performance of the batteries with which it is associated. Cloteam believes that conventional battery technology is sufficient enough to meet the needs of modern electric vehicles, but better management systems are required to make electric vehicles a viable replacement for their traditional counterparts.

Cloteam to focus on efficiency

Efficiency will be one of Cloteam’s top priorities. Electric vehicles are often criticized for their lackluster efficiency and this has made them relatively unpopular with some consumers and businesses. The Department of Energy also considers efficiency to be a major issue and has been working to make electric vehicles more efficient in recent years. Cloteam may be able to help solve some efficiency problems with its battery management technologies, but time will tell whether this will be the case.