The Indian power steering company, which is known for its innovative electric vehicle, has announced the launch of a new battery storage solution that promises to deliver an energy density of up to 3.8 kW.
This new technology, which will be available in the next quarter of 2019, will allow power steering vehicles to have a power density of 3.7 kW for a total of up of 2,000 kWh, according to an announcement by the company on Thursday.
The company also announced that it has sold 500,000 units of the new Power Steering System (PSS), which will have a total capacity of 8,000 km.
The battery storage system, which was developed by Power Steer, is being made available to the public by a joint venture between Tata Power and Nissan.
The new battery is said to be able to store a total power density (Gd) of up from 4.4 kW to 9.4 kmh.
This is a very significant improvement in the power steering range and the technology, said M. K. Ramakrishnan, chairman and managing director, Tata Power.
“The battery can be charged by the operator, which has no downtime, and the system will last a long time,” he said.
Power steering vehicles are a very important segment in the automobile market and the new technology has given the company the opportunity to bring the best of both worlds.
“The PSS battery can help Power Steers achieve its goal of improving the fuel efficiency of electric vehicles, particularly in urban areas where they need to be in constant motion, which means a long commute,” said Prasad Raju, CEO of Tata Power India.
The PSSS, which can store up to 6,000 kilograms of battery, is able to hold up to 4,000 kW of power, which gives the system the ability to provide a capacity of 10,000 kg of battery.
The new battery can store power for up to two years.
The vehicle itself, which measures about 2.7 meters (6 feet) in height, weighs about 8,800 kilograms.
Power Steer said the battery storage technology can be used for up 24 hours per day and can be recharged by the same operator.
The batteries are made by NXP Power and the company is targeting to ship the PSS units by the end of 2019.