Hyundai joins Consortium for Battery Innovation in 'giant step forward' for lead battery industry

by John Shepherd
Hyundai has joined the CBI through the Hyundai America Technical Center (above). Inset: CBI director Dr Alistair Davidson
The Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) has welcomed a new collaboration with the Hyundai Motor Group as a "giant step forward” for the global lead battery industry.
Hyundai has become the latest member of the CBI, through the car group's North American design, technology and engineering arm, the Hyundai America Technical Center (HATCI).

CBI director Dr Alistair Davidson said "having HATCI on board is a giant step forward for the industry in collaborating with the biggest market for advanced lead batteries – the automotive sector”.

'Technology advancements'

"By working together with CBI’s global membership, which spans the entire lead battery value chain, Hyundai can really benefit from the latest in technology advancements and be able to integrate the technology into their products.”

Michigan-based HATCI, which has operations in California and production facilities in Alabama and Georgia, supports development activities for the Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis brands.

HATCI’s membership follows the launch of CBI’s technical roadmap, aimed at ramping up research efforts to deliver next-generation advanced lead batteries.
'Combining resources'
Targets in the roadmap include ensuring recent improvements in dynamic charge acceptance are maintained for 12V and low-voltage electric vehicle batteries while improving high-temperature durability performance.

HATCI president John Robb said: "As Hyundai and HATCI continue to strive for an eco-friendly mobility future, we see significant value in joining the CBI.”

"Combining resources, knowledge and testing scenarios will positively influence our industry efforts during a pivotal time in moving towards world-class electric vehicle propulsions.”

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