Power Electronics

Army Orders Li-ion Batteries for HEVs

The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research Development Engineering Command (TARDEC) and DRS Technologies have selected Saft to provide high-power lithium-ion (Li-ion) technology for next-generation hybrid electric demonstration vehicles. The batteries provide power for the vehicle start-up and hybrid electric drive systems, as well as support for silent-watch capabilities.

Saft has delivered two batteries to TARDEC for testing purposes. Hybrid vehicles hold the promise of reduced fuel usage, longer silent watch periods and lower battery maintenance costs over the life of the vehicle. Successful testing will help move the military toward greater use of hybrid electric vehicles in the field. For more information, visit Saftbatteries.com.

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