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December 06, 2007

Valence Technology Debuts First Intelligent, Large-Format Lithium-Ion Battery System at EVS-23

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Valence Technology, Inc. will be unveiling the next era of large-format, lithium-ion battery technology at The International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exposition (EVS-23) starting Sunday at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. The new generation of phosphate-based lithium-ion battery system is branded Epoch. The company believes that these batteries will provide a battery solution that is safe, lasts longer and weighs less than outdated technologies being used today.

With its new products, Valence wanted to provide the industry with a new level of power storage that allows the customers to approach the design and deployment of electric powered vehicles in a different manner. The company made sure it had the sourcing capability manufacturing capacity and start-to-finish infrastructure to produce systems now and in the future in commercial quantities.
To monitor and adjust cell performance, Epoch batteries are equipped with an advanced management system. This helps battery packs in operating at their optimum performance capacity. Epoch batteries offer low maintenance, cost competitive and environmentally friendly environment with a safe, powerful and reliable energy solution. Epoch branded battery products will also provide users a "green" alternative to environmentally contaminating lead-acid batteries.
Robert L. Kanode, president and CEO of Valence said in a company press release, “We believe the Epoch brand of battery systems will serve as the cornerstone of an era when lithium-ion battery chemistry used for large-format transportation and other motive and back-up storage applications is efficient, safe, reliable, powerful and widely-used. As potential new clients see the benefits of Epoch brand-equipped delivery fleets, Valence could well set the standard for EV fleet vehicles in several European markets during 2008 and we would hope to see the same type of market traction and excitement in U.S. markets in the near future.”
The Epoch brand of batteries makes its debut Sunday at EVS-23. They are available in 12.8 volt and 19.2 volt modules and will allow users scalability up to 390 KWh. You can see these batteries on display from December 2-5 at Exhibit Area #657.
Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

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