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Komaki reveals fire-resistant battery for its electric scooters

Highlights

  • The company said it will use LiFePO 4 batteries to improve fire resistance
  • A reduction in cells will increase the battery life cycle significantly, Komaki said
  • Komaki will also allow dealers and customers to monitor battery health with an app

Electric two-wheeler manufacturer, Komaki, has teased an interesting development pertaining to battery technology. According to the company, it has developed a new form of battery meant for electric scooters which offer increased fire resistance in comparison to contemporary batteries.

Komaki added that the battery will be synced to a mobile app to constantly monitor its health. Furthermore, the manufacturer said it would utilize a new chemical composition to improve the battery’s efficiency. The core idea is to alleviate fears of battery overheating, which has plagued electric vehicle manufacturers in the past.

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Komaki’s secret is the use of LiFePO 4 (lithium-ion Ferro phosphate) which is generally known to be resistant to fire, thanks mainly due to the presence of iron. The company’s new battery also includes an active balancing mechanism which balances the battery cells constantly in short periods.

Furthermore, Komaki will reportedly slash one-third of the cells in the battery to bring down the cumulative heat generated by the pack. Consequently, Komaki says, the battery life cycle goes up to 2,500 to 3,000 from roughly 800 as witnessed in other batteries that use cobalt, manganese, or nickel.

The manufacturer said that the use of fewer components allows easier transportation and efficient handling by dealerships. Moreover, the aforementioned mobile app to monitor battery health will reportedly provide updates to the dealership for any fluctuations or reductions in battery performance.

Incidents of fire reported by electric scooters

A Pune electric scooter showroom came into the limelight after seven scooters were engulfed in flames due to an alleged short circuit. While Komaki scooters were initially believed to be the cause, the company subsequently released a statement saying the showroom was multi-branded and that no Komaki scooters or batteries were involved in the incident.

The launch of the new battery tech for its scooters seems to be a reaction to growing concern about the safety of electric scooters sold in the country. In addition to range anxiety, fears of the battery exploding or spontaneously catching fire are also keeping a lot of potential buyers on the fence.

Via: 91Mobiles

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