Toshiba India has signed an agreement with Chandigarh-based electric vehicle start-up EVage Automotive (EVage) to supply its SCiB rechargeable lithium-ion cells to power the next 10,000 EVage electric commercial vehicles.
The partnership follows two years of development and joint validation to incorporate these cells into EVage’s proprietary ultra-stable and rapid charging battery packs.
The agreement will guarantee availability of enough cells in 2023 and to meet EVage’s production ramp-up and fulfilment of existing reservations for its delivery vans in India. The partnership with Toshiba India also ensures EVage will meet its cost and margin targets.
This the start-up says is the first deployment of lithium titanium oxide (LTO) cells into commercial delivery vans, assisting EVage vehicles to achieve breakthroughs in battery safety, reliability and performance, a major benefit for its delivery fleet customers.
The proprietary commercial automotive battery pack comes with the following capabilities:
Toshiba’s SCiB cells are said to be proven to have high functionality across charge and temperature ranges, while maintaining high levels of safety. With these technologies, EVage’s battery pack is safe for full operation to 65deg Celsius and is extremely tolerant to impacts with low risk of thermal runaway.
Unparalleled reliability: EVage’s commercial vehicles to recharge fully in 20 minutes. Its pack, incorporating Toshiba’s SCiB rechargeable lithium-ion cells, is able to handle such rapid charging over 20,000 cycles and remain performant and in operation.
Shuichi Ito, MD, Toshiba India said, “Our pledge of ‘Committed to People, Committed to the Future.’ represents sustainable development and growth at the core of our business operations. We would like to contribute to realise Carbon Neutral society in India and highly appreciate EVage’s ability to materialise the performance of Toshiba’s product with its unique features of safety, long life and rapid charge.”
“I am extremely delighted to sign this agreement with EVage that will help EVage to introduce the next-generation electric commercial vehicles and address the issue of air pollution from tail-pipe emissions. Toshiba India will provide advanced solutions by utilising the unique characteristics of SCiB rechargeable lithium-ion cells to help create a Carbon Neutral India,” added Ito.
Inderveer Singh, Founder & CEO, EVage said, “EVage is a key supplier for zero-emissions electric vans to global companies like Amazon and India’s largest and fastest-growing logistics company, Delhivery, among others. Our electric commercial vehicles are a game changer for their logistics fleets. Since 2014 we’ve been developing a flexible automotive platform that can deliver zero emissions and high uptime to take our customers to new levels of operating efficiency.”
“Our goal has always been for electrification to be a zero-hassle transition – including making recharging as fast as fuelling today. It’s taken years of development to get the EVage battery pack to the point it is today, during which time we’ve tested many cell technologies. It’s exciting to announce with Toshiba India today that EVage is bringing LTO chemistry cells to commercial trucks for the first time with Toshiba SCiB line. Their performance enables our customers to achieve the best economics in their fleets, and Toshiba’s scale allows EVage to hit our key cost and margin targets,” concluded Singh.