Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, Volume 77, pp. 1-24, March 2020, 100806, DOI:10.1016/j.pecs.2019.100806

Battery Warm-up Methodologies at Subzero Temperatures for Automotive Applications: Recent Advances and Perspectives

Xiaosong Hu2, Yusheng Zheng2, David A. Howey3, Hector Perez4, Aoife Foley5 and Michael Pecht1

1CALCE, Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20740, USA
2Department of Automotive Engineering, Chongqing University, China
3Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
4Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University Of California, Berkeley, USA
5School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Queen's University, Belfast, BT9 5AH, UK


Electric vehicles play a crucial role in reducing fuel consumption and pollutant emissions for more sustainable transportation. Lithium-ion batteries, as the most expensive but least understood component in electric vehicles, directly affect vehicular driving range, safety, comfort, and reliability. However, the overall performance of traction batteries deteriorates significantly at low temperatures due to the reduced electrochemical reaction rate and accelerated health degradation, such as lithium plating. Without timely and effective actions, this performance degradation causes operational difficulties and safety hazards for electric vehicles. Battery warm-up/preheating is of particular importance when operating electric vehicles in cold geographical regions. To this end, this paper reviews various battery preheating strategies, including external convective and conductive preheating, as well as the latest progress in internal heating solutions. The effects of low temperature on batteries from the perspectives of cell performance as well as materials properties are briefly summarized. Thermal science issues involved in warm-up are also elucidated. The framework of battery management systems (BTMS) at low temperatures, including the key design considerations at different battery integration levels and the overall classification of warm-up approaches into external and internal groups, are introduced in detail. Next, a comprehensive literature review on different warm-up strategies is presented, and the basic principles, advantages, disadvantages, and potential improvements of each strategy are elaborated. Finally, future trends of battery warm-up methods are discussed in terms of key technologies, promising opportunities, and challenges.

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