Impact Clean Power Technology S.A. has been operating in the e-mobility market for 15 years. Thanks to its unique experience in designing and manufacturing battery systems for various applications, the company is today a world leader and expert in heavy duty batteries for transport. Buses with Impact batteries have already traveled over 60 million km. The company sells its products in Europe, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, among others.
– Few companies in the world have such long experience in implementing heavy duty battery systems. Thanks to this and the knowledge of the current capabilities of the battery industry, a team of our engineers of various specialties develops solutions that set global market trends – says Dr. Bartłomiej Kras, CEO of the company.
There are several key factors that determine success in heavy duty applications. One of them is the ability to select the batteries in such a way that they meet optimal costs over their entire lifetime (Total Cost of Ownership). Due to the diversity of customers' needs, the flexibility of the supplier to adapt products to the specific requirements of the application is also extremely important. Impact offers standard products developed by its own design office, so customers can start their own projects quickly and at low cost. If necessary, heavy duty Impact products are designed from scratch to meet the specific needs of individual customers. Another important feature is their modularity. This makes the battery systems supplied by Impact scalable in terms of installed capacity and operating voltage and can be used in many different applications.
– The heavy duty battery market is changing very quickly. The market, which has recently been very small, today consists of many niches, i.e. buses charged at night, buses charged by a pantograph, hydrogen cell vehicles, trolleybuses, serial hybrids, parallel hybrids and many others. That is why we constantly point out to our customers the differences between LTO, NMC, LFP and other technologies not only in the context of TCO but also in terms of electrical and mechanical parameters related to the product life cycle or market prices – says Filip Jankun, Sales Director of ICPT S.A. – Based on the analysis of the above parameters, we can make current and potential customers and users aware of upcoming changes and thus create a market for battery systems for transport. Our company has been creating battery systems for 15 years and we have always been a few steps ahead of the market.
And the market changes very fast. The development of lithium-ion cell technology has recently been moving in the direction of increasing energy density and lowering the price of battery systems, this is driven by the development of electric passenger cars. However, as the energy density increases, the number of cycles and power density decreases significantly, which is not in line with the expectations of the public transport market and heavy duty applications. Most manufacturers focus on the implementation of NMC cells in 811 technology with high energy density, low power and low cycle times. Others are opting for NMC cells with NMC 532 technology – with a medium energy density, medium power and number of cycles (system-level energy density of 160Wh/kg and a number of cycles above 3000). There are also solutions based on 21700 cylindrical cells with a system-level energy density of 200Wh/kg and fewer than 1000 cycles which are not suitable for heavy duty application In such a dynamic environment for all users of battery systems, a flexible partner is crucial, responding to changes, with the resources to implement them, stay ahead of the competition and set trends. A partner that guarantees both high quality and an attractive price. In order to meet the above-mentioned assumptions, Impact introduced two new generations of batteries to the market this year: UVES Power GEN 2 is based on high power density LTO technology. Developed in completely new technology, the modules and battery systems allow to deliver 60% more power. UVES Energy GEN 2 is based on NMC 532 technology with high energy density and very attractive price. By using the latest generation of cells, we have achieved an increase in the gravimetric energy density of over 30%. This is a key element that translates into vehicle range. Our latest solutions are already used by the world’s leading transport vehicle manufacturers.