Hybrid vehicle manufacturers are currently developing hybrid functionality in some of their models. This technology is particularly interesting for vehicles built for inner city use; where, due to frequent stop/ starts, the ability to absorb the significant amount of energy associated with a moving heavy vehicle, enables a HEV to meaningfully increase fuel economy. NiMH is the obvious solution for these applications, due to lithium ion’s safety and lifetime issues and lead-acid’s weight and lifetime issues.
Hybrid vehicle producers often view the purchasing process with a total cost of ownership perspective. Long battery life and low maintenance are key determinants in such a perspective.
Key requirements met by Nilar batteries in the hybrid vehicle application include: