ALTe anticipates procuring the Nanophosphate technology-based complete lithium ion battery packs by the end of the year and intends to install them in its electric powertrain systems by 2012 summer.
The duration of charging for the A123 battery pack is 8 h by a 110-volt outlet and 4 h by a 220-volt outlet. Besides considerable savings in fuel, the system improves the torque of the vehicle, while providing the same towing capability, horsepower and cargo capacity compared to trucks featuring the original V8 engine.
According to Jason Forcier, who serves as Vice President of Automotive Solutions Group at A123 Systems, the company considers that ALTe’s advanced powertrain systems will allow organizations to hybridize their light truck fleets at a lower cost. The company believes that its Nanophosphate lithium ion battery packs are ideal for this application and expects a long-term relationship with ALTe, he added.
The Chief Executive Officer at ALTe, John Thomas stated that the company selected A123 Systems as a major supplier of lithium ion battery technology, as its cost-advantage, superior-quality solutions fulfill the high durability, safety and performance requirement of ALTe’s powertrain platform.