Exide increases electric vehicle efficiency

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Exide’s latest developments in battery technology, publically unveiled at CeMat, have been designed to boost efficiency in electric vehicles.

The new Tensor xGel battery has a high energy content, a high charge acceptance, requires minimal maintenance and can be fully charged in eight hours.

“After extensive successful field trials, we opened the order book on April 1, with intense interest from customers looking for a maintenance-free VRLA battery that can replace a standard flooded traction battery,” said Dr Kai Ruth, GNB Industrial Power senior product manager, Motive Power. “We are immensely proud of this technological revolution, which uses the Tensor technology, a 3D copper diamond-shaped mesh galvanized with lead.This gives 10 times more conductivity in the negative plate. Tensor also enhances performance thanks to a completely redesigned positive tubular plate with a maximized surface area.”

The new product is designed to cut energy consumption, while increasing operator working hours and machine running times. Water refilling has been simplified and the risk

of downtimes caused by incorrect battery handling has also been reduced.

Tensor xGel has been tested in field trials with industrial trucks used in the food, chemical and furniture industries, against standard flooded EPzS batteries and EPzV gel batteries.

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