After specifications are received from the company in question, the process of developing a classic battery is divided into three phases, each one dedicated to the three basic parts of the battery:
- Lithium cells
- Control electronics
Generally speaking, lithium cells are purchased from an outside supplier, while the electronics are subcontracted to another company. In practice, what we initially described as a “conventional battery manufacturer” is often none other than a supplier, a mere assembler of parts, and this in itself is a problem.
In fact, in the event of any special requests (which is very common, given that every customer has their own specific needs) or malfunctions, you might have problems, because the company that supplied the battery does not have the in-house expertise to meet the customer’s specific requirements.
This results in:
1.Long waiting times for prototype development
2. Poor flexibility in product customization
3. High costs, because the software is not proprietary and any modification entails programming costs
4. Insufficient technical supportand slow solutions which lead to long periods of machine downtime