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Intelligent battery ups ante in electric vehicle power storage

Posted: 06 Dec 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Intelligent Li-ion battery? electric vehicle industry?

In a move designed to bring the electric vehicle industry one step closer to the Holy Grail!a battery solution that is safe, lasts longer and weighs less than technologies used today!Valence Technology has unveiled its Epoch Li-ion battery technology. The intelligent-battery system is the first of its type, according to the company.

"By definition, 'epoch' means a period marked by radical changes and new developments," said Robert Kanode, Valence president and CEO. "That was our goal with this new suite of products!to provide the industry with a new level of power storage that changes the way customers approach the design and deployment of electric-powered vehicles. Moreover, we wanted the Epoch brand to be more than a concept, so we made sure Valence had the sourcing capability, manufacturing capacity and start-to-finish infrastructure to produce systems now and in the future in commercial quantities."

The battery packs are equipped with an advanced management system that will monitor and adjust cell performance. The customizable products will be available in 12.8V and 19.2V modules and will allow users scalability up to 390kWh. Additional battery system benefits include a fail soft capability that will eliminate system failure and a life of more than 2,000 charge cycles.

"We believe Epoch will serve as the cornerstone of an era when Li-ion battery chemistry used for large-format transportation and other motive and back-up storage applications is efficient, safe, reliable, powerful and widely-used," said Kanode. "We could well set the standard for EV fleet vehicles in several European markets during 2008 and we hope to see the same type of market traction and excitement in U.S. markets in the near future."

- Vince Biancomano
Power Management DesignLine

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