WOODRIDGE, Ill., May 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Navitas Systems LLC (www.navitassys.com), a leading provider of energy-enabled system solutions and energy storage products for commercial, industrial and government agency customers, announced today that it has signed a contract to supply prototypes of its upcoming 6T lithium battery for use by CALSTART in assessing the efficacy of this advanced battery in hot and cold weather testing on Class 8 highway trucks. The 6T battery is commonly used in military vehicles, and to-date has been based on lead acid chemistry. The Navitas 6T prototype batteries embody the same physical form factor, but utilize advanced lithium iron phosphate chemistry, offering greater cycle and calendar life, discharge run time, recharge speed, amp-hour throughput over life, all at half the weight of lead acid.
CALSTART is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the growth of an advanced transportation technologies industry that creates high-quality jobs, cleans the air, reduces dependence on foreign oil and seeks to prevent global warming. One of CALSTART's programs, the High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum (HTUF) program, was developed in partnership with the U.S. Army National Automotive Center (NAC). HTUF is the nation's leading program driving production and use of medium- and heavy-duty high-efficiency trucks and buses. HTUF is a national program operated by CALSTART in partnership with and under contract to the US Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) National Automotive Center.
TARDEC recently announced an award to CALSTART for the testing of three advanced lithium chemistry batteries on commercial trucks. This important program will help assess the potential of lithium chemistries, specifically to apply recent advances in lithium-ion based anode, cathode, electrolyte, and separator battery materials to electrode, cell and pack designs in order to develop twelve (12) volt (12-V) and twenty-four (24) volt (24-V) 6T form-factor military-vehicle batteries with significantly improved power and energy densities over existing lead acid alternatives. The effort focuses on the development of current commercial Lithium-Ion battery technologies (Gen 1) of the three (3) competing sub-electrochemistries from the three (3) domestic manufacturers into military 6T form factor battery packs for evaluations by integrating into both commercial and military trucking fleets for performance testing and field data collection. The field testing activities are designed so that the prototype battery technology can achieve a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) level 6.
"We are excited to receive this contract from CALSTART," said Alan ElShafei, Chairman of Navitas Systems. "Since we took over the further engineering of the 6T prototypes following the acquisition of the Government R&D division of A123 Systems, our team has made numerous improvements in the packaging and onboard electronics systems. We look forward to CALSTART and the US Army becoming the first in the world to receive these newest battery prototypes. We believe that if it's strong enough to start a tank as well as run its electronics with the key-off, our batteries will be terrific in commercial trucks," ElShafei concluded.
"We will be evaluating three different lithium chemistries under contract with the U.S. Army, of which Navitas is one," said CALSTART President and CEO, John Boesel. "This important test and evaluation program will help evaluate the potential of lithium technology – in a module form standard to the military – to function as both a 'starter battery' and to support accessory loads in commercial trucks."
About Navitas Systems, LLC
Navitas Systems, founded in 2010 and previously known as MicroSun Innovative Energy Storage Solutions ("IESS"), is a woman-owned small business headquartered in a state-of-the-art 100,000 square feet facility in Woodridge Illinois. With its major research facility in Ann Arbor Michigan, along with strong local and offshore partners and solid financial stability, Navitas is well positioned to continue serving major worldwide customers.
What drives Navitas is the passion for bridging the gap between customer challenges and environmentally and financially sustainable solutions. Navitas Systems is a leader in integrated design, technology development, and manufacturing, providing energy-enabled system solutions and energy storage products for commercial, industrial and government agency customers. Navitas products range from customized energy storage solutions for motive, idle-reduction, and defense related applications, along with custom renewable energy integrated power systems, to standard products like lithium based lead-acid replacement batteries. For more information visit www.navitassys.com and follow @Navitas_Systems on Twitter.
CALSTART is a non-profit organization that is focused on energy security, clean air, and economic development by spurring the growth of the clean transportation technology. CALSTART works nationally, and has offices in California, Colorado and Michigan. For more about CALSTART and its 150+ member companies visit: www.calstart.org and www.htuf.org and follow @calstart on Twitter
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