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Startup creates an AI system to fix the battery of electric vehicles

Artificial hardware, which is intelligence-driven, has been developed by a startup PURE EV that is incubated in IIT Hyderabad to optimize the detection and fix of defects in electric vehicle lithium-ion batteries. The next decade’s technology removes the need for consumers to attend repair centers to fix battery defects. Artificial Neural Network-based algorithms have been developed by PURE EV researchers for the device named ‘BaTRics Faraday’ that recognize the battery faults in different series and automatically repair them to the benefit of the cells’ electro-chemistry potential.

The hardware completely automates this process, and there is no manual operation needed all the way until complete restitution of capacity. BaTRics Faraday’s thorough fieldwork has also been done. For any of the five 2-wheeler models introduced by PURE EV (Etrance, Egnite, Epluto 7g, Etrance Neo, and Etron+), this device can be used. During the first quarter of the year 2021, this system will be phased out.

“The most important aspect of electric vehicles is lithium batteries. They include several lithium cells welded to attain the required voltage as well as ampere-hour (Ah) potential in series and parallel configurations. In the event of any battery failures in any of the cell sequences, the EV users will have substantial downtime. In addition, the trend of user behavior and Indian environmental circumstances put more strain on the batteries. As such, it is a very challenging job for the OEM battery to repair the defects by diagnosing and removing the faulty sequence of cells,’ stated Nishanth Dongari, founder of the PURE EV and an associate professor of IIT-Hyderabad, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. 

In such a situation, any breakthrough that offers certainty on the lower delivery period to prospective consumer stakeholders would dramatically raise their level of interest in this technology’s advent. Innovative technologies such as ‘BaTRics Faraday’ must be advertised for electric cars to become popular, meaning that the battery does not switch into an idling resource for EVs owners.

“The need for an hour is to create an intelligent hardware system that, by an external curing mechanism, fixes battery faults. PURE EV has created AI-driven hardware that, via an externally connected system to the battery, performs the evaluation and repair of faults in the rechargeable batteries. This saves valuable man-hours usually spent on replacing cell series as well as minimizes the “turn-around time” battery,” he said.