DESIGN AND COST STUDY OF A NICKEL--IRON OXIDE BATTERY FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES. VOLUME II. PUBLIC REPORT

A nickel--iron oxide battery design concept is proposed which will meet the performance and cost objectives for a viable electric-vehicle battery. This design is based to a large extent on proven past practice, but incorporates those design improvements which are expected to be realizable within a two-year development program. Developmental problems have been addressed, and the methods of solution, identified. The manufacturing cost of the proposed design is identified for annual production quantities of 1,000, 10,000, and 100,000 25-kWh batteries. Based on the high-volume estimates of material, labor, and capital requirements, a selling price of $60/kWh was found to be attainable. Battery test requirements were identified which will serve to define the performance characteristics of interest to a potential user. A follow-on R and D program plan, detailed in a separate proprietary report, was developed which combines significant electrode and cell development with demonstrations of performance and potential costs in the form of prototype hardware. Because of the extensive background in nickel iron technology, including recent developments in both the nickel and iron electrode technologies, the risk associated with the proposed development is considered to be small. This combines with excellent cost and performance projections to make the nickel--iron battery the most attractive contender for near-term electric vehicle application. (ERA citation 03:008551)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Westinghouse Electric Corporation

    Westinghouse Building
    Pittsburgh, PA  USA  15222

    Energy Research and Development Administration

    20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Publication Date: 1977-8-23

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 73 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00174899
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: W-7405-ENG-38
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 26 1978 12:00AM