A123 Systems introduces Gen3 Li-ion 12V starter battery; 25% greater cold-cranking power (voltage corrected)
|12V Li-Start battery. Click to enlarge.|
Li-ion battery developer and manufacturer A123 Systems has introduced the third generation of its 12 Volt Starter Battery in its Li-Start product line.
Every component of this third-generation battery system has been optimized for low voltage automotive applications. Together these advances, known as A123’s new UltraPhosphate technology, have achieved more than 25% greater cold cranking power and result in a product that significantly outperforms the best lead-acid batteries in industry standard cranking tests. The Gen 3 battery is also smaller than its predecessors.
|Cold cranking (-18 ºC)||900 A|
|Operating temp.||-30 ºC to 50 ºC|
|Storage temp.||-40 ºC to 60 ºC|
|Dimensions (LN3)||278x175x190 mm|
A123 began production of its original starter battery design in 2011 and now has supply relationships with 5 different vehicle manufacturers in Europe, with the majority having already launched vehicle production.
The company continues to invest to meet the increasing market demand and is currently expanding production capacity for its starter battery product line.
A123’s 12V starter battery not only offers outstanding cranking power but also enables brake energy recuperation, increased cycle life (more than 4X longer life than lead acid), and charge acceptance, providing the micro-hybrid market with a progressive solution. Micro-hybrids can be defined as vehicles that require advanced 12V batteries to power start-stop systems and store electricity from regenerative braking.
These systems offer fuel economy and emissions gains at modest incremental cost and are steadily migrating from performance and luxury vehicles to the mainstream market, particularly in Europe.
In addition, the battery weighs half as much as a comparable lead-acid battery thereby supporting OEM light-weighting goals, further contributing to achievement of fuel efficiency and emissions regulations globally. In total, the system can facilitate as much as a 10% efficiency and emissions gain when compared to a conventional powertrain, according to the company.