Ultra-premium EV brand AEHRA has started a partnership with Austrian head-quartered battery supplier Miba Battery Systems.
The technical partnership with Miba will enable AEHRA to elevate the battery technology that will power its SUV and Sedan models significantly beyond that offered by traditional ‘off-the-shelf’ solutions. By developing the battery pack in tandem with Miba Battery Systems, the two companies will create a bespoke solution specifically tailored for integration with AEHRA’s vehicle architecture and body structure to optimize range, efficiency and weight saving.
Commenting on the partnership, Stefano Mazzetti, AEHRA Head of Purchasing and Procurement, said: “Miba operates a highly flexible approach, which is ideal for AEHRA as we are developing EVs that transcend what is perceived as mainstream within the automotive industry. Miba is particularly well suited to provide the type of features we wish to have in our batteries to provide optimum range and efficiency and integration with the body structure of our SUV and Sedan. Miba is at the forefront of battery technology and production. The company’s highly flexible, agile, and open mindset is a perfect match for AEHRA’s approach and will enable us to pivot quickly and continuously take advantage of the latest technology, chemistry, and production innovations.
“By starting with a clean sheet of paper, rather than opting for an off-the-shelf solution, we can build strong synergies between AEHRA and Miba to ensure that not only does the battery pack fully complement the body structure, but that the body structure fully complements the battery pack.”
The development process will optimize battery sustainability and repairability, to ensure long life of both the battery unit and the vehicle. AEHRA has previously stated its intention to offer customers range of 800km (497 miles) from a potential 120 kilowatt hour battery. To ensure optimum efficiency, AEHRA is a targeting a peak voltage at full charge of 925 volts with the capacity to charge at up to 350 kilowatts.
Franco Cimatti, AEHRA Chief Engineering Officer, said: “We have no desire to build vehicles with 1 megawatt or 2 megawatt powertrains. While the race car-like acceleration of such cars can be impressive if a customer wishes to wow their friends, within a few seconds the energy reserves of the battery are reduced to half, which offers little customer value for real world driving. We will offer excellent dynamic performance of course – but we are not setting out to break any speed records. We will take a more measured approach to avoid the need to oversize the battery, which simply leads to increased cost, weight, inefficiency, and complexity.”
Stefan Gaigg, Managing Director at Miba Battery Systems, said: “This is an exciting partnership for the development and production of battery packs for high performance electric vehicles. Our technology will help AEHRA achieve its goal of delivering super-efficient vehicles in the premium EV segment. In addition to these performance targets, we share a common desire to reduce the carbon footprint and improve recyclability of the battery system.”