|The Modec EV in van configuration.|
Axeon Holdings, which provides green energy and advanced control systems to the automotive and industrial markets, has received a £1.3-million (US$1.7-million) order to supply electrical vehicle manufacturer Modec with the first 50 Sodium Nickel Chloride battery packs for its new light-duty commercial zero-emission vehicle. (Earlier post.)
Modec has chosen Axeon Power as its exclusive supplier of battery packs and has indicated it will produce 700 vehicles in 2007.
On a single charge, the Modec van offers a range of more than 100 miles and a top speed of 50 mph carrying a load of up to two tonnes. The 70 kW motor (102 hp) develops 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque.
Twin parallel-wired 288-volt Zebra sodium-nickel-chloride battery packs have a life span of around four years (1,000 full charging cycles.) Regenerative braking recharges the batteries in addition to grid charging, which takes 8 hours for a complete charge.
The battery pack sits amidships in a drop-down mounting which can be swapped out to avoid downtime while recharging.
The Modec van started life as the LTI (London Taxis International) Electric Mercury. The e-Mercury, introduced in 2004, was developed by LTI in conjunction with Azure Dynamics and MSX International.
Axeon also announced successful initial trials of the lithium-ion battery system Modec contracted it to develop. It added that the system will be ready for production towards the end of the second quarter of 2007.
In February 2006, Axeon Holdings acquired Advanced Batteries (ABL)—a designer and manufacturer of high-performance lithium-ion batteries—to take advantage of the developing market for alternative power sources for electric (EV) and hybrid electric (HEV) vehicles. (ABL operates as MPower.)
The two Scottish companies will develop a battery management system suitable for current and next-generation high-capacity Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery packs. The companies have already jointly developed a prototype. (Earlier post.)
Shares in Axeon Holdings dropped after the company warned its 2006 revenue will be lower than originally anticipated. The company believes 2007 revenue will be more than double that of 2006, however, partly on the Modec contract.