3beLiEVe aims to strengthen the position of the European battery and automotive industry in the future xEV market by delivering the next generation of battery cells, designed and made in Europe, for the electrified vehicles market of 2025 and beyond. The project activities are focused on three domains:
- Development of automotive battery cells that are highly performant (high energy density, fast charge capability, long cycle life) and free of critical raw materials such as cobalt and natural graphite;
- Development and integration of sensors into and onto the cells to enable smart, adaptive operating strategies and advanced diagnostics in order to extend the useful life of the battery in first and second life applications and improve safety;
- A comprehensive manufacturing approach that is designed from the outset for a circular economy and industrial volumes. This encompasses green manufacturing processes for cell, module and pack, as well as recyclability assessment of the components, and a target life cycle cost of 90 €/kWh at scale.
The project will deliver two 12kWh-demonstrator battery packs at TRL6 and MRL8. These aim at demonstrating the 3beLiEVe technology performance for applications in light duty (i.e. passenger cars, freight vehicles) and commercial vehicles (i.e. city buses and trucks) in fully electric/ plug-in hybrid (BEV/PHEV) configurations.
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology will coordinate the strong and complementary consortium of 21 partners from 10 different European countries representing industrial companies, SMEs, RTOs and academia. 3beLiEVe is scheduled to run from January 1st, 2020 to June 30th, 2023, for a total duration of 42 months and has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement no. 875033.