Lithium Technology Corporation Introduces New Line of Large-Format Lithium Iron Phosphate Cells for Auto Industry
14 May 2007
Lithium Technology Corporation (LTC) has introduced a new product line of large-format lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) cells, the largest cells of their kind in the world. LTC is targeting these directly toward the automotive industry for use in electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
LTC’s new product line offers cells ranging from 6 Ah to 35 Ah. The company will provide more details at an event on 23 May in New York City.
Batteries made of LTC’s cells can provide 3,000 charging cycles, which would be able to do 150,000 miles to 80% capacity for a 100 km or 60 mile all electric range plug in hybrid, which no other technology can claim. The new cells from LTC provide improved safety with the iron phosphate chemistry while delivering the impeccable performance they are known for, which is what the auto makers have been in search of; this is a Company that is seriously committed to making hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles an affordable reality for the consumer.—Dr. Andrew Frank, Professor, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of California, Davis
LTC’s large format technology allows for the development of battery systems with a significantly lower number of cells. The weight of the battery is decreased while performance and safety monitoring capabilities are increased, according to the company.
The battery management system (BMS) is more precise monitoring fewer cells, keeping them in balance for best performance and preventing damage to the battery due to over voltage, under voltage, over temperature and short circuit.
LTC has focused solely on the development and production of large format lithium-ion batteries for more than twenty years. The company licensed its LiFePO4 technology developed by Prof. John Goodenough with the University of Texas and supplied by Phostech.
LTC manufactures the GAIA product line of large, high-power hermetically sealed rechargeable lithium-ion cells and batteries.
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