Denso creates li-ion battery designed for stop-start vehicles
Toyota owns part of the company, but Suzuki gets the battery.
That's the gist of Denso's development of a lithium-ion battery pack that is designed especially for cars with fuel-saving stop-start systems. The 5.5-pound battery pack weighs less because it can capture regenerative energy from when the vehicle slows down and feed that power the alternator when the car is idling and the engine is shut off. Such batteries mark an improvement over the older lead-acid batteries that are customarily used with stop-start systems.
While Denso is minority-owned by Toyota, the new battery pack will first be used in the recently-launched Suzuki Wagon R. Denso hasn't said which other vehicles will be supplied with the battery pack further down the road. Until then, you can see Denso's press release below.Permalink | Email this | Comments