COBRA (CObalt-free Batteries for FutuRe Automotive Applications) is a collaborative research and innovation project on next-generation batteries, co-funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme.
The project launched in January 2020 and will run until January 2024. COBRA aims to develop a novel Cobalt-free Lithium-ion battery technology that overcomes many of the current shortcomings faced by Electrical Vehicle (EV) batteries via the enhancement of each component in the battery system in a holistic manner. COBRA will use battery chemistry consisting of an LNMO cathode in combination with a composite anode based on nanometre silicon and graphite as active particles. The project will result in a unique battery system that merges several sought after features, including superior energy density, low cost, increased cycles and reduced critical materials. The proposed Li-ion battery technology will be demonstrated at TRL6 (battery pack) and validated on an automotive EV testbed. The involvement of several leading organisations for battery manufacturing ensures easy adaptation to production lines and scale-up to contribute to a higher market adoption while helping to strengthen Europe’s position in the field.
To create the next generation of high-performing, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable batteries for electromobility by enhancing each component of the battery system in a holistic way; including improvements on a BMS and battery pack level, as well as in the production and testing process.
To strengthen the global competitiveness of the European battery value chain considering performance, cost, environment and social perspectives throughout the development of the technologies.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement number 875568.