Toshiba introduces new super charge ion battery
First publishedin ITS World Congress
Katsuyoshi Suzuki of Toshiba with the SCiB super charge ion battery
Electricity is in the air – and in Toshiba’s new super charge ion battery (SCiB), on display at ITS World Congress.
SCiB batteries can be charged in five to 10 minutes, compared with the traditional overnight charging required for applications such as electric buses. SCiB charges even faster than current fast charge batteries, which take 30 minutes.
The ultra-fast charging is possible because SCiB can tolerate a high current of 400 amps, almost three times higher than today’s normal fast charging batteries.
SCiB’s high tolerance is made possible through the use of a newly-developed oxide material, LTO (Lithium Titanate Oxide), which is not susceptible to thermal runaway or lithium metal plating, enabling safe charging at high currents.
The new battery delivers high power output with performance equivalent to an EDLC (Electric Double-Layer Capacitors). SCiB also has excellent thermal performance – reducing or eliminating the need for battery cooling.
SCiB is ideal for electric buses, supporting continuous all day EV bus service. Toshiba has also designed a battery drive system with SCiB for Light Rail Transit (LRT).