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Saft Launches Super-Phosphate Xcelion 6T® Type 1-A Li-ion Battery

Saft has recently launched a new product in the Xcelion® line, the Xcelion 6T® Type 1-A battery, designed to meet the U.S. military's specifications for ground vehicle batteries.

As the fourth Xcelion product, the Xcelion 6T Type 1-A builds upon the existing technology behind the Xcelion 6T, launched in 2015. Like the Xcelion 6T, the Xcelion 6T-E, and the Xcelion 56V, the Xcelion 6T Type 1-A battery offers higher capacity, longer life cycle, longer calendar life, lighter weight, and smart battery capabilities compared to standard lead-acid batteries.

It is designed to meet MIL-PRF-32565 Rev B and provides unsurpassed cold cranking performance and safety. The 58Ah Li-ion battery is an off-the-shelf solution with a nominal voltage of 26.4V and is the only Li-ion battery that meets cold temperature performance requirements (1,100A at -18C° for 30 seconds with no pre-heating and 400A at -40C° for 30 seconds with no pre-heating).

The Xcelion 6T Type 1-A also includes the same standard safety features that the product line is known for, such as using abuse-tolerant Super-Phosphate® Li-ion technology and a battery management system (BMS). Unlike lead-acid batteries, smart battery features enable communication with the end user which provides information about the battery state of health, state of charge, and other functions. Applications for the Xcelion 6T Type 1-A include military ground vehicles, defense systems and microgrids.

"We are really proud to introduce the Xcelion 6T Type 1-A battery, which we developed to meet the stringent standards for U.S. military ground vehicles," said Annie Sennet, President and CEO of Saft America and Executive Vice President of Saft's Space and Defense division. "The newest Xcelion battery will offer U.S. military and defense contractors the capability to easily replace traditional lead-acid battery technology with lower weight, enhanced performance Li-ion batteries that are maintenance-free. And as always, our new product stays true to Saft's high safety standards, which is crucial for military applications."

Saft is exhibiting the Xcelion 6T Type 1-A battery and the rest of the product line at the GVSETS show in Novi, MI, August 13-15, Booth #349.