THE 4 DRIVING TRENDS OF CLOUD BATTERY TELEMATICS
Today, most EV batteries are "closed systems":
The EV batteries generate tons of invaluable data - but this data is in no way fully utilized.
However, just like the rising trend of connected cars, there is a rising demand for connected batteries.
Four key driving trends are behind this:
Rise of EVs: As EVs rapidly grow towards 2040, there will be a need for integrating battery telematics into commercial vehicle fleets - across trucks, vans, buses, forklifts, AGVs and more. As this market matures, so will the use of battery telematics
EVs by 2040
(vs 40 mn in 2017)
Rise of Cloud: Like vehicles, batteries will provide tons of data that need storage and fast processing - but with the rise of cloud servers, this is becoming increasingly simple and cost-effective. Cloud computing also enables far more advanced BMS methods
public cloud market in 2021
(vs ~150 bn in 2017)
Rise of IoT: Collecting battery data via WiFi / 4G has previously been costly and difficult. However, the explosive rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) now also brings low cost CAN bus IoT devices that easily enable the transfer of the battery big data
B2B IoT devices by 2020
(vs ~2.5 bn in 2017)
Rise of AI: Finally, the use of advanced analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for EVBs has been beyond the existing BMS systems - but with the full set of big data in the cloud, next level battery optimization will be possible - and vital to stay competitive
in global AI enterprise market
(~$1 bn in '17 to $30+ bn in '25)
Or, as stated in the below article published in the Power and Energy Magazine IEEE (2017):
"The continuing proliferation of and advances in information and communication technologies, development of powerful cloud computing capabilities, and a growing Internet of Things will significantly enhance or even transform the concept of battery management, as modeling and control of thousands of cells in large-scale battery storage will become easier."
- Hu, C. Zou, C. Zhang, Y. Li, “Technological Developments in Batteries: A Survey of Principal Roles, Types, and Management Needs”
So, what kind of benefits can battery telematics offer?
Check our top 9 benefit list below!
Top 9 Strategic Benefits of Battery Telematics
OPTIMIZE CHARGING: By monitoring near real-time data on the state of charge (SoC) of e.g. a fleet of warehouse forklifts, a battery fleet manager may implement advanced opportunistic recharging flows to reduce vehicle down-time
IMPROVE BATTERY LIFE: By spotting abnormal data patterns, spikes, sub-optimal charging, overheating, low temperature and other drivers that may reduce battery life, users may take action as soon as a pattern is observed, before it’s too late
REDUCE BATTERY BREAKDOWNS: By monitoring vital parameters like current and temperature in e.g. a lithium-ion battery frequently, it’s possible to predict cases where thresholds are exceeded early to avoid e.g. lithium plating or thermal runaway
RESOLVE DISPUTES VIA “BLACKBOX”: As a battery OEM, recording all battery data to a remote server can be beneficial in quickly and professionally resolving disputes regarding potential misuse leading to battery malfunction or damages - in particular useful if a catastrophic event has happened (explosion, fire, …)
OFFER SUPERIOR SERVICE: Battery OEMs can add strategic data-based services, using frequent data from their client’s battery usage to consult on e.g. personalized battery configuration for client environments and charging best practices - or proactively suggest win-win battery replacements/upgrades
IMPROVE TIME TO MARKET: For battery OEMs, real-life battery data is critical in R&D and product development. By embedding a data logger in e.g. a large portion of sold batteries, OEMs will be able to radically speed up development, improve learning & increase experimentation
EASE COMPLIANCE: In some cases periodic manual battery inspections are required to ensure compliance - but with a telematics solution, all relevant data will be readily available in the cloud for easy sharing, saving time and improving compliance
TROUBLESHOOT REMOTELY: As an OEM, sending technicians to a remote warehouse can be extremely costly - but by analyzing the relevant battery data in the cloud, an OEM may be able to remotely diagnose and resolve issues, reducing vehicle down-time and FTE costs
OPTIMIZE OPERATOR BEHAVIOUR: By implementing data based KPI dashboards, OEMS or fleet managers will be able to provide guidance to end users (e.g. forklift operators or battery maintenance crew), helping them towards optimal handling of the batteries