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ALTe signs agreement with A123 Systems for lithium ion battery packs

ABR Staff Writer Published 26 August 2011

ALTe has signed a long-term supply agreement with A123 Systems for complete lithium ion battery packs to be integrated into its range-extended hybrid electric powertrain systems.

The 21.6kWh battery packs are built on A123's advanced Nanophosphate technology and are designed to deliver high power, greater usable energy, long life and increased safety, forming a critical part of the ALTe powertrain.

The packs will be matched with a four-cylinder engine, electric motors and proprietary controls modules to increase fuel economy by up to 200%.

ALTe CEO John Thomas said the company selected A123 Systems as a primary supplier of lithium ion battery technology because the company's cost-competitive, high-quality solutions meet the rigorous performance, safety and durability needs of its powertrain platform.

"With A123's battery packs as an integral part of our systems, we will be able to provide a compelling hybrid retrofit solution that can exceed both the power and efficiency demands of the fleet market," Thomas said.

The company's powertrain system is targeted toward the light truck market with a focus on commercial, government and utility fleets, and is expected to provide an initial 30 miles of driving in an all-electric mode, and an estimated additional 270 miles in a charge-sustained mode before the vehicle would need to be either refueled or plugged in.

The A123 battery pack can be charged within an eight-hour timeframe from a 110-volt outlet or in about four hours from a 220-volt outlet.

The company said that the it expects to start accepting purchase orders by the end of 2011 and plans to start installing its electric powertrain systems in summer 2012.