September 29, 2017 | News Brief | Bren-Tronics, Inc., has received a contract to provide high-volume automated manufacturing of Military 24 V 6T Li-Ion batteries from the US Army Contracting Command through the National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC). The total anticipated project value is over $6.2 million.
For the past two years, Bren-Tronics has manufactured two versions of the 24 V Li-Ion 6T battery, one optimized for high-power and the other for high-energy, and delivered more than 500 worldwide. Under this new contract, Bren‑Tronics will mature the existing Li-Ion 6T battery design and manufacturing processes to create mass production capabilities at its Commack facilities. In the final requirement, Bren-Tronics will demonstrate the ability to produce 2,000 Li-ion 6T batteries per month.
The Bren-Tronics 24 V Li-Ion 6T battery provides twice the energy with less than half the weight of traditional lead-acid 6T batteries. It also has the highest energy capacity of any 6T battery available in the U.S. while being a true drop-in replacement for the current lead-acid 6T battery.
Applications for the Bren-Tronics 24 V Li-Ion 6T battery include vehicle starting, auxiliary power, silent watch, ground station power, and directed-energy applications.
“The 6T battery is used in approximately 95 percent of Army tactical ground-vehicle platforms. The conventional lead-acid 6T battery solution is challenged to meet today’s military power requirements and will not achieve the Army’s next-generation power demands,” said Doug Petito, Bren-Tronics’ VP of Sales and Marketing. “This contract, to create manufacturing capability for 2,000 Li-Ion 6T batteries per month, validates the long-term need and the US Army’s commitment to this new technology.”