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Kerala develops LTO battery paving way for EV revolution

The prototype of the LTO battery (inset)

Kerala has made a significant leap forward in the realm of sustainable transportation by indigenously developing a prototype of Lithium Titanate Oxide (LTO) battery, a game-changing development that promises to revolutionise the electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing industry.

The breakthrough came as a result of a collaborative effort by a consortium of public sector enterprises led by Kerala Development and Innovation Strategic Council (K-DISC) to work for a common goal. The other enterprises in the consortium are Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Travancore Titanium Products Limited (TTPL), C-DAC Thiruvananthapuram, and Trivandrum Engineering Science and Technology Research Park.

As per the details with the Kerala government, TTPL developed the Lithium Titanate Oxide electrode material required for battery manufacture while VSSC designed and made the lithium titanate battery prototype.

The LTO battery is set to address two crucial challenges that have long hindered the widespread adoption of electric vehicles – range anxiety and lengthy charging times.

At the core of the LTO battery’s success is its exceptional longevity and rapid charging capabilities. Unlike traditional lithium-ion batteries, the LTO variant boasts significantly longer life cycles, making it more reliable and cost-effective in the long run.  “This crucial development of the LTO battery will revolutionise EV manufacturing as it offers extended driving ranges without the fear of running out of power. Compared to standard EV batteries, it will also eliminate the inconvenience associated with lengthy charging sessions,” said a senior official associated with the project.

Kerala’s triumphant entry development of the LTO battery will reshape the EV industry dynamics globally. Kerala now stands poised to become a key player in the green transportation revolution. In addition to the EV transportation sector, the LTO battery development will rapidly redefine the renewable energy storage applications. The battery will play a major role in grid stabilisation associated with renewable energy generation.

“After continuous testing of the prototype analysing different parameters, it will be rigorously evaluated for various functional properties. A decision for mass production and commercialisation will be taken only after evaluating the outcome of the results,” the official sources said.

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