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SAE Eye on Engineering: Touring an EV Battery Plant
Li-ion Batteries Get Boost From Aviation Industry

The aviation industry recently helped to advance green vehicles, but not how you might think.

Motors partially or entirely powered by electricity continue to be a promising solution to the development of environmentally friendly automotive vehicles. Some two billion Li-ion battery cells are to be consumed by Tesla Motors alone by the year 2017.

But despite being used in vehicles ranging from golf carts and utility vehicles to fully electrified passenger cars and fleets, lithium batteries can pose a significant risk during transport if they are damaged or defective, or if they are not properly designed or manufactured

To maintain the important role lithium batteries continues to play in reducing automotive emissions, industry needs to ensure that they can be transported safely and efficiently via aircraft.

Acting on a request by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a UN specified agency, SAE International is creating a committee to develop a packaging performance standard for the safe shipment of lithium batteries as cargo on aircraft. Formation of the new SAE International Lithium Battery Packaging Committee is underway and the initial meeting will be held virtually in January 2016.

While the aerospace industry sees to the safe transport of batteries, helping secure their place in the emissions-reduction toolkit, this podcast takes a rare behind-the-scene look at an EV battery plant.

SAE Eye on Engineering: Touring an EV Battery Plant

Suppliers of batteries for electrified cars typically keep their factories closed to the media. In this episode of SAE Eye on Engineering, Senior Editor Lindsay Brooke takes a tour of LG Chem’s battery plant in Holland, MI.

SAE Eye on Engineering airs Monday mornings on WJR 760 AM Detroit’s Paul W. Smith Show.