Submitted by CNH Industrial
FPT Industrial a global powertrain brand of CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI/ MI: CNH), is participating in the European battery research project SeNSE. Together with five other industrial companies and five research institutes, the Brand will work over the next four years to find solutions for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries.
These future batteries, called “generation 3b”, will have higher energy density, improved cell chemistry, faster charging capability and many other benefits that make it more advanced when comparing it to today’s lithium-ion technology. The target is to produce them in a European Gigafactory, with one of the partners planning to build the first Gigafactory in the region soon.
The research within SeNSE also foresees the sustainability of generation 3b cells, with the cathode, the positively charged electrode of an electrical device, being manufactured without the use of flammable and toxic solvents, which will simplify their production as well as reduce their cost. Which will not only protect the environment but also reduce the cost of production. In addition, the project considers a renewed lifecycle for decommissioned vehicle batteries as stationary storage units and, finally, the recycling of the batteries.
This project reflects FPT Industrial’s increasing focus on alternative propulsion, which has seen the Brand act on different technological fronts. Its efforts include this, and other collaborative projects within the European Union.
SenSE is part of the European Battery Alliance, an initiative launched by the European Commission in 2017 to create a competitive manufacturing value chain in Europe with sustainable battery cells and is supported by the EU research funding program Horizon 2020.
CNH Industrial is a global leader in the capital goods sector with established industrial experience, a wide range of products and a worldwide presence. Each of the individual brands belonging to the Company is a major international force in its specific industrial sector: Case IH, New Holland Agriculture and STEYR for tractors and agricultural machinery; CASE Construction Equipment and New Holland Construction for earth moving equipment; IVECO for commercial vehicles; IVECO BUS and Heuliez Bus for buses and coaches; IVECO ASTRA for quarry and construction vehicles; Magirus for firefighting vehicles; Iveco Defence Vehicles for defence and civil protection; and FPT Industrial for engines and transmissions.
Sustainability at CNH Industrial
CNH Industrial has a proactive approach to sustainability, which is in tune with global changes. We have set long-term targets to align with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and we are driven to ensure that our footprint is sustainable, and one that leaves a positive and lasting impression. Furthermore, CNH Industrial is a recognized as a sustainability leader in its field, having been named as the Industry Leader in the Machinery and Electrical Equipment segment of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), World and Europe, for nine consecutive years, as well as being admitted to range of sustainability indices.
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