Toshiba fast tracks SCiB battery technology


July 9, 2010

Toshiba is working with Mitsubishi Motors to fast track the development SCiB battery technology for EV applications

Toshiba is working with Mitsubishi Motors to fast track the development SCiB battery technology for EV applications

Electric vehicles face a road block in the form of battery technology and we can expect to see lots of news in this space in coming years as huge companies throw resources into finding a solution to battery range and recharging times. One of the promising candidates for improving battery performance is Toshiba's SCiB technology. The company has now announced that it's working with Mitsubishi Motors to fast track the development of these batteries for EV applications.

The SCiB™ – or Super Charge ion Battery – is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that boasts minimal capacity loss even after 6,000 charge-discharge cycles, high levels of safety and rapid charging capability with the ability to charge to 90 percent of capacity in as fast as 5 minutes.

For EV applications Toshiba has developed a new anode material and a new electrolyte to improve safety and rapid recharging. According to Toshiba, the long life will promote reduction in the waste that results from battery replacement, reducing the impact on the environment.

The SCiB will also be used for electric bicycles, electric motorcycles and for power storage in a microgrid system.

Toshiba will begin production next year at Kashiwazaki Operations, a new facility in Niigata prefecture.

More info at Toshiba's SCiB website.


There is a limit on how fast you can recharge a EV battery on the supply side. Under 15 minutes is rather hard. But that can be done now so advances while nice, are not needed, just reducing battery cost is where the focus should be. We can already do 300 mile ranges.

The other advances needed for EV\'s is weight reduction of the body/chassis and aerodynamics as that cuts battery, EV drive costs, thus EV prices.

Since EV\'s go 3-6x\'s as far on the same energy, reasonably priced EV\'s will pay for themselves in gasoline savings over 8-10 yrs now and even faster in nthe future as gas goes up and EV prices come down.


charge time is the BIGGEST problem with mass market adoption. it has been for some time. it\'s a real obstacle.

i dont\' understand why someone hasn\'t tried active cooling for fast charging.

also.....this toshiba battery has been in the news for a couple years now. many companies have been promising mass production of batteries for sometime. ill believe it when i see it.

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if makers could agree on standardized batteries of 2 or 3 configurations, those who need fast charges because of distances travelled could just exchange the 2-minute replaceable batteries that could be charged and ready at multi-fuel energy stands and charged a fee that profits the vendors and makers. the batteries bar coded for usage data and cycled out of service as performance fades ... such customers would love the no-responsibility batteries ... a friend just replaced a battery on an old prius ... ouch!


Longevity is, IMHO, more important than anything else. NiMh and even lead-acid (car & deep cycle house) batteries all are useless after 1000 charge cycles. Such things can never pay for themselves, as they get discarded before they come close.

Do the math folks - electric cars and so-called \"sustainable solar houses\" are all more expensive than plain fossil fuels or utility electric bills - ALL things considered.


Batteries are NOT essential for the adoption of EV\'s. Because other technologies are coming where we will be able to RECHARGE as we DRIVE using Laser technology and WIRELESS Recharging technologies to be announced. When that happens, in the foreseeable future, EV\'s will be able to compete with Gas powered cars because Mobile Recharging at Stop Lights and Traffic Jams will ELIMINATE the NEED to go to a Gas Station to refuel.

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