Akasol presented its new AKASystem AKM CYC commercial vehicle high-energy battery at the Battery Show Europe. The battery module and system are now in series development.
The AKAModule CYC installed in the system achieves an energy density of 221 Wh/kg. According to Akasol, this means their module take the lead in the field of liquid-cooled battery modules.
Fully electric city buses can be outfitted with battery system capacities between 600-1.000 kWh according to vehicle size. The new AKASystem AKM CYC can be fast charged up to 1C, which is more than adequate for commercial vehicle fast chargers limited to a maximum power of 500 kW.
Akasol is also introducing the 2nd Generation of the AKASystem OEM PRC, the first generation of which powers the Daimler EvoBus eCitaro with a capacity of up to 294 kWh. The German company claims that the 2nd Generation will offer more than 33% more energy and achieve around 400 kWh installed capacity without an increase in installation space. The system can achieve charge rates of 2C and can be fast charged (even with smaller battery packs) with up to 500 kW by the most powerful charging stations for commercial vehicles currently available.
The 2nd Generation AKASystem OEM PRC will be available at the end of this year after completing testing and validation processes. By the middle of 2020 Akasol says they will be putting the system into serial production in Langen (Hesse, Germany). Akasol is currently capable of producing battery systems for up to 1,500 fully electric buses or up to 6,000 electric commercial vehicles per year. They plan to expand the plant to 600 MWh by 2020.