Sponsor: Zero EV
Zero EV, or ZEV, has tasked this team with developing an active cooling system to reduce temperatures of battery cells while charging. In the age of fast charging, heat is a battery’s worst nightmare. Fast charging introduces high wattage and results in high heat output at the battery cell level. Developing an auxiliary cooling system to actively cool the battery cells will allow high wattage charging. This developed system will bring value to ZEV and allow their engineers to use fast charging and market it as a feature when the car initially goes for sale. Not only is it a good way to stimulate purchase interest, it will put ZEV in direct competition with Tesla, Porsche, Chevy and others who also offer fast charging. Behind battery life, having fast charging capabilities in an electric vehicle is of high value and what consumers are looking for when considering an EV.