The pioneering mobile electric vehicle battery service facility for scalable testing and repair.
An innovative mobile electric vehicle (EV) battery service facility recently made its European debut at the REMATEC automotive remanufacturing exhibition in Amsterdam. Fully-equipped to test and remanufacture up to 2,000 battery packs per year, the Revive Mobile Repair Centre is designed to provide scalable EV battery testing and repair wherever there is the greatest demand.
Developed by Autocraft EV Solutions Group, the repair centre is housed within a 30ft ISO footprint expandable container and is entirely transportable. The unit contains off-grid facilities that allow Autocraft to bring its full EV battery diagnostics and repair expertise directly to where it is required most. A mobile repair centre of this kind could help to reduce the environmental impact and logistical hurdles associated with long distance transportation of large volumes of EV batteries.
UNLOCKING THE ENVIRONMENTAL POTENTIAL OF EV
Autocraft has the capability to diagnose and repair EV battery faults on both a cellular level and at industrial scale, and can now deliver these services from any location. Each Revive Mobile centre is designed to provide a full range of EV battery services, including pack integrity safety check using patented Autocraft State-of-Health (SoH) test equipment, patented dynamic test methodology, faulty identification and repair planning, pack discharge and disassembly, and module replacement and pack re-assembly.
The centre also features several high-spec cameras that guide technicians through each stage of the repair process, paired with LIDAR controls and RFID tools to ensure total adherence to safety protocols.
The unique Revive system enables any in-warranty or out-of-warranty battery failure to be quickly identified and fixed without the need for a replacement battery pack. Replacing the faulty modules with healthy ones returns the pack to optimal performance by reversing the effects of cyclical aging, enabling OEMs to maximise the longevity of their batteries.
“When most people think about the circular economy, they imagine recycling as the logical next step,” says Mike Hague-Morgan, Executive Director at Autocraft. “The environmental benefits of maximising EV battery longevity are actually far greater, and we believe the automotive industry has a duty to maximise the lifespan of EVs to ensure they remain in use for as long as possible. Recycling should therefore be seen as a last resort, to be used only when all other avenues to repair have been exhausted.
“Most EV batteries contain several modules, each containing the cells which store energy. These cells operate in a series circuit which means that one faulty cell can make an entire module unusable. Our team of engineers have shown that we can repair an EV battery from as low as 10% operational capacity right up to 90% by just repairing one or two modules.”
According to Hague-Morgan, the Revive Mobile Repair Centre adds true scalability to its EV battery servicing capabilities and will allow EV manufacturers to accommodate growing requirements for fault-free EV battery repairs, which are crucial to maintaining the longevity and reliability of current and future EVs.