08 Oct 2019


Hall 5, booth 530

High-performance lithium-ion battery system supplier, Akasol AG will be presenting three innovations for all-electric, hybrid city, intercity buses and coaches at Busworld 2019 in Brussels. A battery system for fuel cell vehicles will also be on display. Akasol has no less then three premieres at Busworld: high energy solution AKASystem AKM CYC, fuel cell solution AKASystem OEM PRC and the 48V solution AKARack for hybrid and all-electric applications.

The future flagship of the Company is the high-energy battery AKASystem AKM CYC, which will be produced at the new headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, starting in 2021 and at the new US headquarters in Detroit (USA) starting in 2022 as part of a recently agreed production order from a leading global commercial vehicle manufacturer. The lithium-ion battery AKAModule CYC used in this third-generation system achieves an energy density of approx. 221 Wh/kg with the aid of liquid-cooled, scalable battery modules. It is a high-energy solution for long-distance applications with battery capacities of between 600 and 1,000 kWh, depending on vehicle size; twice the storage capacity of today's battery generation. AKM CYC can also be rapid charged at a rate of up to 1C suitable for use in a rapid charging infrastructure with a maximum output of up to 500 kW.

At Busworld, AKASOL will exhibit the second generation of the AKASystem OEM PRC, which, compared to the first generation, is able to provide 33% more energy and store around 400 kWh of energy in the same space. With a charging rate of up to 2C, the system can be rapidly charged. The second generation AKASystem OEM PRC will go into series production for two large bus manufacturers in mid-2020. In addition, however, the system will also be seen in fuel cell vehicles and will be tested in 50 vehicles as early as 2020. As a result, there are plans to expand cooperation with an Asian commercial vehicle manufacturer.

The 48V AKARack solution is a small 19-inch battery system that can be used for various applications and, with a storage capacity of 6.5 kWh per rack, can achieve a charging rate of up to 2C. It also has a powerful thermal management system made possible by liquid cooling in a special housing design. The AKARack is ideal for mild hybrid applications on 48V basis, as well as for on-board power supply in commercial vehicles of all types.

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