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Enevate’s new cells enable a Lightning electric motorcycle to charge in minutes

Battery technology developer Enevate has partnered with Lightning Motorcycles to equip Lightning’s Strike Carbon motorcycle with Enevate’s EV-size fast-charging lithium-ion cells.

As part of product validation, Lightning integrated a 24 kWh battery pack with Enevate technology into the Strike Carbon e-motorcycle. It delivered 400 amps at a charge rate nearing 5C, resulting in a charge time of less than 10 minutes for an additional 135 miles. According to Enevate, the charging time for similar production electric motorcycles is typically one to four hours. The pack was assembled using 47 Ah Enevate pouch cells that began sampling in the second quarter of 2022.

Enevate’s XFC-Energy Technology for EVs features a multi-layer design that the company says allows more energy to be safely packed into a single cell. The XFC-Energy silicon-dominant anode requires “a fraction of the space of a graphite anode used in a conventional cell.” Enevate claims its large-format EV-size cells achieve energy density of over 850 Wh/L (specific energy of 340 Wh/kg) without compromising safety or other performance metrics.

Enevate develops and licenses battery technology for EVs, and boasts a portfolio of more than 500 patents. Investors include Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi (Alliance Ventures), LG Chem, Samsung Venture Investment and several other venture firms.

“I want to thank our partner Lightning for their expertise and agility in developing state-of-the-art hardware and software solutions which enabled us to deliver this high-end, ultra-fast charging motorcycle,” said Enevate CEO Robert A. Rango.

“This has been an outstanding partnership with Enevate as together we push the boundaries in e-motorcycle innovation by achieving the fastest motorcycle charging rate reached from a public charger,” said Lightning Motorcycles CEO and founder, Richard Hatfield.

Source: Lightning Motorcycles

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