Electric car battery interface 311.
(photo credit: Claus Ableiter)
A Better Place-coordinated consortium will produce an interface enabling any
electric car to be outfitted with a switchable battery.
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This is the first
project in the field to be approved by the European Commission, the company
EASYBAT, a two-and-a-half-year research and
development project, will be funded by the European Commission to the tune of
2.2 million euros as part of the Seventh EU Framework Program (FP7).
EASYBAT solution will consist of interfaces for switching a battery in and out
of an electric car quickly and safely; the connector interfaces between the car,
the battery, the communications network, and the battery cooling system; and
design specifications that meet European industry and safety
The solution will be integrated and tested on fully electric
vehicles to ensure it meets production-grade manufacturing criteria and European
“Upon conclusion, EASYBAT will have a next generation,
commercially available solution for battery switch integration components and
design plans that allow for different types of batteries, not just a single
standardized battery. Car manufacturers that want to focus on proprietary
battery technology can do so and still be able to integrate their technology
into a switchable battery electric car platform as envisioned by EASYBAT,”
Better Place said in a statement.
Better Place and Renault have developed
electric cars and battery switch stations, where batteries can be removed and
replaced via the car’s undercarriage in a totally automated process. Other
electric vehicles do not have removable batteries, instead they recharge at
charge points or via hook-ups at private households.
Better Place intends
to launch its network of charge points and battery switch stations in
conjunction with Renault's cars in Israel and Denmark later this
The EASYBAT consortium consists of 11 European partners from four
countries: Israel, Germany, France and the Netherlands.