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Conference attendees were intrigued by the cost-efficient systems of the LC SuperHybrid.
ALABC’s 48V LC SuperHybrid Attracts Interest at AABC
 
ALABC representatives were on hand recently at the 2013 Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC) in Strasbourg, France, showcasing the 48-volt LC SuperHybrid developed in cooperation with Controlled Power Technologies (CPT), Valeo, Provector and Mubea, and engineered by AVL Shrick. The 48V demonstration vehicle, which debuted earlier this year at the International Vienna Motor Symposium, drew the attention of several professionals and enthusiasts from the battery and automotive industries, including representatives from major automakers and OEM suppliers.
 
The 48V LC SuperHybrid, like its 12-volt predecessor, is based on a gasoline-powered, turbo-charged 1.4 TSI Volkswagen Passat and enhanced with an electronic supercharger and integrated starter generator (ISG) powered by Exide lead-carbon batteries to enhance performance, extend mileage and lower emissions at an affordable cost. The 48V demonstrator differs from the 12V design by offering additional functionality including torque assist to the engine for enhanced launch and acceleration, optimized cruise conditions, and the ability to harvest significantly more kinetic energy from regenerative braking.
 
Interest in the vehicle continued to grow following Allan Cooper's presentation.
The project was initiated by ALABC as a response to recent demand by automakers to seek options for further automotive electrification through 48V systems – a market in which advanced lead-carbon batteries are likely to compete directly with lithium-ion.

European project coordinator Allan Cooper was a key part of the ALABC team, and a speaker at the AABC symposium where he delivered a technical presentation on the LC SuperHybrid’s innovative lead-carbon battery technology. Cooper’s presentation during the session on “Energy Storage for Low-Voltage Hybrids” chaired by Dr. Eckhard Karden of Ford Motor Company drew a sizeable audience and attracted interest from several key individuals, including AABC organizer Dr. Menahem Anderman. Dr. Boris Monahov, Dr. Geoffrey May and Mr. Chip Bremer also served on the exhibit team on behalf of ALABC.
 
The batteries, shown here in 6V cells, supply ample power for the 48V system while staying below the 60V high-voltage safety threshold.
Joining the ALABC team at the exhibit were representatives of project partner CPT, the company that originally produced the vehicle’s SpeedStart ISG and electric supercharger (since purchased by Tier 1 supplier Valeo). CPT Chief Executive Officer Nick Pascoe and Senior Engineer for Power Integration Paul Bloore helped illustrate the functions of the LCSH electrical components and their benefits for the propulsion system.
 
The vehicle has returned to AVL for completion of the work on the additional functionalities, prior to its demonstration debut at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle 2013 Show at Millbrook in the UK in early September. In the meantime, the 12V vehicle is being readied at AVL for their Technical Day at BMW later this month. Following this, it will return to the UK for further track testing prior to appearing at the Cenex event with the 48V vehicle.
 
 
 
 
 
Axion Secures Major Contract from ePower Engine Systems
 
ALABC member Axion Power International recently secured a contract from ePower Engine Systems to supply batteries and energy storage systems for use in heavy-duty hybrid electric trucks. According to the agreement, Axion will supply its lead-carbon PbC® batteries and energy management systems for the conversion of several Class 8 trucks from standard internal combustion engines to series diesel electric hybrid drive train systems with ePower’s proprietary technology.

The contract is an extension of an earlier agreement between the two companies, and provides further validation for the use of lead-carbon batteries in hybrid electric vehicle systems. Axion chairman and CEO Thomas Granville stated that the heavy trucking industry is a significant and under-served market when it comes to improving miles per gallon of diesel fuel at an affordable cost.

“ePower testing to date, with PbC batteries, indicates significant savings immediately, with dramatic savings potential going forward,” said Granville. “We have not seen another system that even suggests they could bring the positive effect that ePower systems have on mileage enhancement and emissions reduction.”

The companies are working on a long term agreement to produce Axion PbC® batteries and battery management systems for system conversion kits that will be marketed by ePower to fleets, trucking firms, and OEMs that handle retrofits of Class 8 heavy-duty trucks.
 
For more information, visit http://www.axionpower.com/News.
 

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