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Valence Technology

UPS Shows a Class 6 Fuel Cell Chassis

May 6, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Vehicle Will Be Tested for Package Delivery in Sacramento

UPS claimed the first-ever hydrogen fuel-cell powered zero-emission Class 6 delivery vehicle at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach, showing a converted 2006 package car with

  • an HyPM-HD30 fuel cell system by Hydrogenics,
  • a highly efficient, 227-kilowatt (304-horsepower) switch-reluctance motor by Nidec,
  • a P40-24 lithium iron magnesium phosphate battery module by Valence Technology, and
  • high-pressure fuel cylinders by Luxfer.

The FCEV/fuel cell electric vehicle prototype is to be deployed in Sacramento, where UPS “will validate its design and core performance requirements by testing it on the street starting the third quarter of 2017.”

Valence Lithium Iron for EaglePicher

March 8, 2016 in batteries, Companies, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

EaglePicher to Use Lithium Iron Phosphate for Aerospace

Valence Technology has disclosed a strategic alliance with EaglePicher Technologies whereby the manufacturer will Valence lithium iron phosphate batteries and powders.

“The agreement accelerates EaglePicher’s expanding Lithium-Ion based portfolio of products and applications that will be developed at its Lithium-Ion Center of Excellence in Joplin, Mo,” Valence said.

Valence Technology's 26650 cylindrical lithium iron magnesium phosphate power cells

Valence Technology’s 26650 cylindrical lithium iron magnesium phosphate power cells

Valence says that EaglePicher “will have the exclusive right to manufacture cells for certain types of U.S. government programs and key specialty commercial applications utilizing the Valence designs and specifications, including Valence’s high-power proprietary cathode powder and cylindrical lithium ion cell design.

“EaglePicher also received consideration to purchase cells manufactured by Valence.”

‘A Reliable and Sustainable Domestic Source’

“Our mission to create a reliable and sustainable domestic source of lithium ion cells for a wide range of government-related applications has been greatly enhanced by this agreement,” EaglePicher VP and GM for aerospace Ron Nowlin says in the Valence release.

“The safety of iron phosphate chemistry, coupled with its high-power performance, made Valence Technology the right choice for our most demanding applications,” Nowlin said. “The protected license of U.S.-based Valence materials also made them a logical partner to help us meet the needs of our defense and aerospace customers.”

“This strategic agreement provides an avenue for Valence products and technologies to be utilized in even more widespread applications,” said Valence engineering VP Paul Krueger.

Valence Affiliate EVI Said Sold

Valence claims a “unique and versatile preparative method” called carbothermal reduction for its lithium iron magnesium phosphate cathode powder. CTR results in high quality and longer-lasting lithium iron magnesium phosphate powder, “with more sustained conductivity, enhanced performance and ultimately a better cathode material that is more easily manufactured into cells.”

Valence Technology is – or was – a sister company to Electric Vehicles International of Stockton, Calif. Valence has supplied EVI with batteries for project including 100 all-electric trucks for UPS (F&F, August 5, 2102). Sources tell F&F that EVI has been sold – Stay Tuned!

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Source: Valence Technology with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Keeping It Cold for the Kids

June 17, 2014 in Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Battery School Bus Advocate to Unveil Battery Reefer Truck
With Cold Car Electric Refrigeration Unit and UQM Driveline

California’s Kings Canyon Unified School District is getting set to unveil a 100% battery electric refrigerated box truck it plans to add to its fleet of reefers this summer. The truck is a Freightliner M2 converted to battery electric operation by Electric Vehicles International. It has an electric cold box by Texas-based Cold Car.

PG&E and EVI for the Plug-In REEV

September 24, 2013 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

UQM Motors and Valence Batteries for Range-Extended Class 5

Pacific Gas & Electric and Electric Vehicles International unveiled the California Energy Commission-backed REEV, and said that the Range Extended Electric Vehicle is the utility industry’s first-ever Class 5 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

EVI Seeking Parts Suppliers

February 25, 2013 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Taking Bids Until March 22 As It Ramps Up Production

Electric Vehicles International is seeking bids for motors,
controllers, charging systems, 
EVSE (electrical vehicle supply equipment) and die casting and metal fabrication services as it ramps up production of all-battery trucks in Stockton, Calif. EVI is taking bids until March 22.

Brown at Brown Calls for More EVs

February 5, 2013 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

UPS Has Taken Delivery of First 50 of 100 EVI Trucks

California Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. EPA regional administrator Jared Blumenfeld called for more electric vehicles as UPS celebrated the deployment of its first pure battery electric delivery vans from Electric Vehicles International, of Stockton, Calif.

updated on February 11

Valence Files for Chapter 11 Protection

August 3, 2012 in batteries by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Shares Are De-Listed by NASDAQ, Now on OTCQB

Austin, Texas-based Valence Technology has joined the ranks of financially troubled electric drive transportation companies, last month filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The firm has also been de-listed from NASDAQ.

FCCC eCell Trucks in UPS Brown

July 17, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Shown here are the first photos we’ve seen of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp’s eCell battery electric trucks – with the new, aerodynamic Morgan Olson body unveiled at HTUF 2010 in Michigan – in UPS livery.

Via Motors Unveils PHEV Trucks (F&F Strategies)

January 15, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs by rich  |  No Comments

Remy-Powered, Range Extended Electric Trucks
Introduced by Bob Lutz with PG&E in Detroit

“There are powerful clean electric vehicles, without range limits, that you can take anywhere you need to go,” says ex General Motors vice chair Bob Lutz.

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