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Valence Technology Lithium Phosphate Batteries Pass First Phase of Ford Test Program in Germany

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—Valence Technology Inc.,  a manufacturer of advanced energy storage solutions, announced its lithium phosphate batteries earned favorable first phase reviews during a large electric vehicle assessment program being conducted by Ford-Werke GmbH in Cologne, Germany.

As part of the colognE-mobile study, Smith Electric Vehicles in the UK manufactured and delivered 10 Smith Edison(TM) electric vehicles to Ford in February 2010. The study has been underway for 15 months and Ford recently announced that the vehicles are meeting reliability, practicality, and ease-of-use goals.

The all-electric Smith Edison uses the Ford Transit chassis, has a 1,000-kilogram (2,200 lbs) payload and utilizes Valence's patented lithium phosphate batteries. The Edison vehicles utilized in this program have a range of up to 165 kilometers (102 miles) with a top speed of 80 km/hour (50mph), powered by a 90kW (122hp) 3-phase AC induction motor.

“Several hundred Smith all-electric commercial vehicles are in operation throughout Europe,”  said Geoff Allison, managing director Europe, Smith Electric Vehicles in a prepared statement. “The Edison project is further evidence of the ability of Smith and Valence to develop reliable alternative power delivery fleets to meet market needs.”

“Valence is pleased to partner with Smith Electric and Ford on the Edison, a zero-emission vehicle that is perfectly suited for light deliveries in European urban areas,” said Valence chief technology officer K.C. Lim in a statement. “We are gratified that the test results affirm the suitability and reliability of our technology and are proud to continue to be at the forefront in bringing innovation to the commercial vehicle market.”

Valence Technology  develops and makes lithium iron magnesium phosphate advanced energy storage solutions and integrated command and control logic. Headquartered in Austin,  Valence products are used in commercial electric vehicles as well as industrial and marine equipment.  In addition to the corporate headquarters in Texas, Valence Technology has its research and development center in Nevada, its Europe/Asia Pacific Sales office in Northern Ireland and global fulfillment centers in North America and Europe.