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Saft Lithium-ion Energy Storage System
U.S. Army Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) in development.
Cockeysville, MD — BAE Systems has awarded Saft with $1.3 million in new funding for the continued development of a Lithium-ion (Li-ion) energy storage system for the U.S. Army's Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program. Saft, which is designing and building ultra-high-power cells for the vehicle's hybrid electric drive system, has already completed the demo battery system including hardware and software.

The GCV is part of a growing list of military vehicle prototypes for which Saft has supplied advanced energy storage solutions (ESS). The new funding for the GCV project is an addition to the initial 2010 contract.

The GCV is a nine-man Infantry Carrier that can protect against threats, move in urban and off-road terrain and accommodate emerging technologies such as lightweight armor composites and electronics. Comprised of ultra-high-power, high-voltage VL 5U cells, the Li-ion ESS supports the GCV's electric drive system when the vehicle is not running on gasoline, such as during silent watch missions. The ESS system employs green technologies which improves vehicle fuel consumption and weight savings.

Saft joins Northrop Grumman, iRobot, MTU, and Qinetiq North America on the BAE Systems GCV team, one of two industry teams working on the technology development phase of the program. The 24-month technology development phase is aimed at completing preliminary design reviews in order build prototype systems prior to the engineering and manufacturing phase.

Contact: Saft America Inc., 313 Crescent Street, Valdese, NC 28690 828-874-4111 fax: 828-879-2431 Web:
http://www.saftbatteries.com

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