How The Growth of the Electric Vehicles Market is Driving Demand for UK EV Battery Products
Having entered into the EV battery market in 2022, CB Frost is on board to support the developing electric car industry as it grows over the next decade.
Whilst the balance of vehicles on the roads in the UK and Europe today is weighted considerably in the favour of traditionally fueled vehicles, as opposed to hybrid and electric vehicles, the demand for more environmentally friendly vehicles is growing fast. Whilst to date there has been a reliance on China for EV battery parts, as the market grows rapidly over the next decade, so too will demand for UK manufactured EV battery components.
Government commitments are playing a key role in the growth of the electric vehicles market. The EU has committed to phase out vehicles powered by combustion engines from the year 2035, whilst the UK government has pledged to ban the sale of any new petrol or diesel cars from 2030 onwards. Whilst these commitments are key to protecting the environment in the years to come, the growth of electric vehicles and reduction of traditional vehicle manufacture has raised concerns from UK MPs.
EV and HEV vehicles use Lithium-ion batteries, which are rechargeable and designed for a long life-span. Today, almost all of the processing of Lithium in the world takes place in China and east Asia, which has led to uneasiness from MPs that too much reliance on the east could lead to a break in the EV battery supply chain, should political tensions between Beijing and the west come to a head.
Lithium refinery projects are underway in Germany and France to help boost electric vehicle prospects in Europe, however, US President Joe Biden has attracted considerably green investment through his Inflation Reduction Act, which has put extra pressure on the United Kingdom and EU to up their renewable energy efforts.
Whilst Lithium is vital for electric vehicle batteries, Lithium-ion battery cells require specialist sealing and anti-vibration components to protect them and ensure their longevity. Partnering with Rogers’ Corporation and their range of specialist materials, CB Frost is well placed to deliver high-performance products to withstand the temperatures and compression that electric vehicle batteries are subjected to, protecting the interior battery cells.
UK battery components to extend EV battery life
As the UK and global vehicle market becomes more and more reliant on electricity, it’s vital that EV batteries are manufactured not only to provide sufficient power for their purpose, but also to withstand the pressures of day-to-day use and regular charging. In order for zero-emissions electric vehicles to flourish and reduce the need for fossil fuels, battery cells must have excellent longevity.
At CB Frost, we are dedicated to respecting the environment for a greener future and have the materials and manufacturing expertise to design and produce a range of high performance parts to protect Lithium-ion cells and extend EV battery life, including pressure management pads, battery housing seals, cooling plate spring pads, thermal runaway protection pads, manual service disconnect seals, anti vibration pads and cushioning pads.
Rogers’ Corporation’s PORON® polyurethanes and BISCO® silicone materials feature all key attributes required for keeping battery components in place and managing compression forces, vibration and fluctuating temperatures, along with providing a seal against dust, fluid and other external contaminants that could affect the lifespan of the battery cell:
- Excellent fire retardancy qualities
- Meeting all essential flammability requirements
- Low outgassing
- Thermal prorogation delay
- Excellent compression set resistance.
- Chemical resistance
- Capacity fade reduction
Read more about our specialist Polyurethane and Silicone EV battery materials here.
To discuss our range of specialist EV materials and to learn more about the essential high-performance protective parts we can manufacture, call our team today on +44 (0)121 773 8494 or contact us here.