Hybrid Vehicle Battery Repair Webinar
Hybrid vehicle battery repair
The 3-hour nickel metal hydride (NiMH) hybrid battery webinar demonstrates the use of the NuVant EVc-30 battery reconditioning tool. No prior knowledge of hybrid batteries is required.
Hybrid battery webinar schedule (2020):
Upcoming webinar date:
October 2, 2020
10 AM Eastern
- Experienced instructors provide in-depth knowledge on hybrid battery cycling, reconditioning and safety issues.
- Learn to identify bad modules prior to reconditioning.
- The dangers of over-charging and over-discharging.
Videos from past Hybrid Battery Webinar (May 2, 2020)
Part 1: Introduction to hybrid batteries and reconditioning
Part 2: NiMH Battery Reconditioning
Part 3: Using the EVc hybrid battery reconditioner
Part 4: Battery pack selection and assembly
Part 5: Using EVd power tester
Q&A with Prof. Eugene S. Smotkin
Hybrid battery packs have 28 to 40 NiMH modules assembled in series. A Prius type prismatic module consists of six individual NiMH cells (1.2 V each) assembled in series. Detailed specifications for these modules are available.
7.2 V hybrid battery prismatic module with individual cell marked 1 – 6
NiMH modules are configured in series for high voltage hybrid vehicle battery packs. These packs undergo shallow depth-of-discharge (about 10%): They are for power assist, not electric drive. Unused electrode material undergoes structural changes that effectively reduces amp hour (Ah) capacity. This reversible failure mode (“memory effect”) takes modules out-of-balance with neighboring modules, especially those that are near the center of the pack. Out-of-balance modules undergo cell voltage reversal during discharge. Voltage reversal can permanently damage a module. High-rate charging generates gaseous oxygen at the positive nickel oxyhydroxide electrode that can pressurize and rupture the module. Modules, reconditioned by a series of deep charge-discharge cycles with tapered currents, will recover lost capacity and have extended lifetime. Hybrid vehicle batteries that have overheated may have vented electrolyte water. This permanent failure mode increases the module internal resistance. Such modules substantially increase reconditioning time. Modules suffering from permanent failure modes are identified and removed before full reconditioning.
Part I: Terminology, definitions and usage
a) Coulombs, amps, voltage, amp-hour, watt-hour
b) Cells, modules, packs, cylindrical versus prismatic cells
c) NiMH batteries vs. Li-ion batteries
Part II: Introduction to battery reconditioning (or repair)
a) Reversible and irreversible capacity losses
b) NiMH memory effect – effect of shallow depth of discharge
c) Use of state-of-health data for module sorting and battery pack assembly
d.) Refurbishing packs vs Reconditioning modules
Part III: Tools required for battery reconditioning
a) EVc-30 overview
b) Prius modules, clamping, cooling box and connections to EVC-30
c) NuVant reconditioning plans
e) Before and after reconditioning discharge profiles
f) Dangers of reconditioning – Module swelling, overheating, explosions
g) EVd-40 Power Tester
Part IV: Interpreting EVc-30 data output
a) Results –Diagnostic discharge profile, Exporting summary files
b) QR code reader – Tracking inventory
c) Module pairing after reconditioning (Battery pack balancing)
Part V: Interpreting EVd-40 data output
a) Searching for weak modules before and after reconditioning.