Californian deep-cycle lead-acid manufacturer Trojan Battery is expanding with an incursion into the lithium sector.
Trojan said its new line of ‘Trillium’ “intelligent lithium-ion batteries”, with a life expectancy of “more than 5,000 cycles”, targets deep-cycling requirements across a wide range of stationary and motive power applications.
Trojan president and CEO Neil Thomas said the move was “another significant milestone towards our strategic mission of offering a complete range of deep-cycle energy storage technologies and solutions”.
Trillium is designed and engineered in the US and is initially available in three sizes. Executive vice-president of marketing and product management, Bryan Godber, said: “Trojan’s entry into the lithium-ion space demonstrates our commitment to offering energy storage solutions for our customers in deep-cycle industrial segments and allows for expansion into exciting new markets.”
The new line, which the company said is designed to be a replacement for existing lead-acid batteries, incorporates industry-standard 26650-size lithium iron phosphate cells “and the highest capacity cell configuration”.
Earlier this year Exide, one of the big four and predominantly lead-acid makers in the US, launched a lithium-ion battery aimed at the forklift and autonomous guided vehicle market— while Navitas announced a lithium-ion deal with Hyster, one of the largest global players in materials handling equipment.