Case Studies

Driving Innovation in Electric Transportation

Electrifying our transportation system and reducing the number of vehicles powered by fossil fuels can have a dramatic impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. At the heart of this effort is more efficient, longer lasting electric vehicle batteries.

The University of Washington is a member of the national Battery500 Consortium, which aims to significantly improve upon the batteries that power today’s electric vehicles.  Members of the group include faculty, students and researchers and from the University of Washington and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Collectively, they are utilizing the facilities at the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds to develop and characterize new lithium battery materials that will significantly increase the performance of automobile batteries and reduce the cost without compromising safety. By focusing on the amount of energy packed into a battery based on its weight, the goal is to develop a lightweight electric vehicle battery that will drive farther on a single charge.

Battery testing and development instrumentation:

Maccor Series 4000 96-Channel Automated Battery Test System

Maccor Series 4200 M 16-Channel Automated Battery Test System

Ametek VersaSTAT4

Arbin HPTCE-2104 High Precision Coulombic Efficiency Tester