Developing the next generation of high-performance and sustainable Li-ion batteries for electric vehicles


What is HYDRA?

Electric mobility is a key technology to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and drive industrial innovation in Europe. The global market for electric vehicles (EVs) is expected to grow to 125 million units over the next decade. To power these EVs, high-performance Li-ion batteries (LIBs) that are safe, affordable, durable, and energy-dense are needed to meet a demand projected to reach 130 GWh/year by 2025. HYDRA (HYbriD power-energy electRodes for next generation lithium-ion bAtteries) is an international battery research and innovation project, funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program. The project brings together leading industry and research partners to develop the next generation of lithium-ion batteries and support the growing European battery industry. Through the development of sustainable and high-performance Li-ion cells, HYDRA will contribute to the future of electric mobility and help support the Green Transition.

HYDRA Objectives

HYDRA aims to develop next-generation Li-ion cells for electric vehicles. For this application, the project targets the following key performance indicators by the end of the project:

  • Cell-level energy density of > 750 Wh/L
  • Costs of < 90 €/kWh at pack level, nominal rate 3-5 C fast charging and 10-15 C fast discharging
  • 2000 deep cycles (with 10 % fast charging) to 80 % residual capacity
  • TRL 6 – Prototype tested in intended environment close to expected performance

The HYDRA Consortium



HYDRA will collaborate with other EU battery research projects through the activities of the LC-BAT-5 Cluster

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