January 13, 2022: World-leading lead battery manufacturer Clarios on January 10 said it was planning to launch an AGM battery in the next two to three years that can monitor its performance in real time and provide safety-critical operations in EVs and autonomous vehicles.
Nearly every electric vehicle requires an auxiliary lead battery alongside its lithium one to provide continuous low-voltage power and safety functionality in emergencies.
With the increasing addition of autonomous features, there is a greater need to be able to rely on the auxiliary battery.
“The Clarios Smart AGM will be a gamechanger for the industry, providing a reliable safety critical battery with real-time communications,” said CEO Mark Wallace.
“It combines the proven reliability, inherent safe chemistry and sustainability of AGM with the real-time intelligence of our Smart technology.
“Also, it will extend our Clarios xEV portfolio, a range of advanced low-voltage batteries specifically designed to maximize EV performance, safety and reliability.”
At the moment, 12V batteries are managed through an external sensor placed on top of the battery.
The Smart AGM has the sensor integrated with the electronics within the battery.
Clarios says its new AGM can identify potential issues in the battery before they happen; provide emergency power; anticipate required maintenance or replacement; and optimize performance of the low-voltage power supply.