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23 May 2016

SOFIC 2016: Lithium-ion Batteries Reshaping Military Vehicle Power

Saft has showcases its Xcelion 6T battery at SOFIC 2016, 23-26 May in Tampa, FL/USA. Launched a year ago, Saft’s lithium-ion (Li-ion) drop-in replacement of lead-acid batteries are ideal cost-savers for the military industry that uses more than 700,000 lead-acid batteries per year.

Saft’s Xcelion 6T Li-ion technology delivers the equivalent power of two lead-acid batteries at a quarter of the weight and half the volume, according to the company. (Photo: Saft)

The battery’s cost-saving design aligns with the military’s shift away from the frontline. It is necessary to support the increasing need for a power system that can handle the overabundance of developing sensors and communication systems installed in today’s military vehicles.

Our new technology creates tangible cost savings for the military,” Annie Sennet, Executive Vice President of Saft Space & Defence, told MT. “Saft batteries provide the reliability necessary for crucial missions and enhance capabilities of military vehicles, including supporting extended silent watch operations.”

With Saft’s long-life technology, fewer replacement batteries are required. The real-time diagnostics eliminates the need to carry numerous spares. The significant power density and energy efficiency of the Xcelion 6T help streamline logistics as there are fewer items requiring storage, transportation and distribution.

This reduction in replacement batteries translates to over $200 million in cost savings for a fleet of 20,000 vehicles over a 20-year life. This is the kind of technology that contributes to the innovation found at SOFIC, and we are looking forward to showing defence leaders how it can transform the way they power their vehicles,” Annie Sennet said.

Saft’s display is located at booth 108 and the presentation on Xcelion 6T is on Tuesday, 24 May at 1:00 pm.