Powering up the future of battery technology and sustainability

Eletric vehicle connected to a charge station

Battery technology has come a long way in recent years, with advancements in materials and manufacturing techniques enabling better performance, longer life, and reduced costs.

As battery-powered devices become more common in everyday life, manufacturers are investing heavily in developing new battery technologies to improve their capabilities and reduce their environmental impact.

The Evergreen 12-volt battery technology

The 12-volt battery is the most common type of battery found in vehicles today. It has been around for over a century and has remained relatively unchanged in terms of its basic design. As the electrical loads of vehicles continue to grow, new 12-volt battery technologies are being developed, such as incremental 12-volt batteries, 48-volt batteries, and 400-volt batteries. These new technologies can improve vehicle performance, efficiency, and reliability, while also reducing emissions and energy consumption.

Beyond traditional battery technology

In addition to improving the traditional 12-volt, researchers and manufacturers are exploring new types of batteries that offer higher energy density, faster charging times, and increased safety. These new technologies include solid-state batteries, hydrogen fuel cells, and lithium-sulfur batteries, among others.

Solid-state batteries, for example, offer much higher energy density and faster charging times than traditional lithium-ion batteries, while hydrogen fuel cells offer a clean and efficient energy source with long ranges and short refuelling times.

Battery recycling and reuse

As the number of batteries used in various devices continues to grow, we can’t ignore the environmental impact. Automakers and other manufacturers are exploring various recycling and reuse technologies, such as second-life use, recycling and remanufacturing, and material recovery. These efforts can help reduce waste and environmental impact while also recovering valuable materials from used batteries.

The development and innovation of battery technology will be crucial in driving the growth of various industries and improving sustainability in everyday life.

As the demand for new and improved battery technology grows, it’s important for technicians to stay up to date with the latest advancements.

Capricorn Service Data provides access to battery fitment and electrical component locations, and if you are looking for wiring diagrams, guided diagnostics and much more, you can upgrade to the full Autodata service at the introductory price of $2 for the first 30 days*.

Autodata, a leading provider of automotive technical information and solutions, offers a dedicated battery disconnection and reconnection module to provide technicians with all the necessary information for working efficiently and successfully with today’s batteries.

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This article was published 03/05/2023 and the content is current as at the date of publication.