Designers are constantly looking to improve the life and range of electric vehicle batteries. One way to see whether these improvements are working, or which batteries are performing the best in EVs, is by using a battery management system.
As one BMS provider, Ion Energy Inc., describes it, the battery management system is the "brain" of the battery pack. Akhil Aryan, CEO of the India-based company, says battery management systems are "the regulator of battery life and performance."
The BMS is a set of electronics inside the battery. This piece of hardware can protect the battery from operating outside safe conditions. It can measure voltage, for instance, and prevent the battery from being overcharged. The BMS can also regulate current.