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East Penn Licenses Ultra Battery for Manufacture

This new technology eliminates the need for additional electronic control and multiple energy storage devices.

Published: 25-Sep-2008

East Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc ., near Lyons, has entered into an exclusive agreement with Furukawa Battery Co ., a Japanese battery-manufacturing company, to release the Ultra Battery in North America.

East Penn, the No. 2 employer in Berks County and manufacturer of batteries, will manufacture the UltraBattery.

The new technology enhances the ability of the battery to accept and deliver high levels of power with low levels of electrical resistance similar to a supercapacitor.


The phosphate-based Epoch batteries are equipped with an advanced management system that will monitor and adjust cell performance.

The battery system was developed by CSIRO in Australia, built by the Furukawa Battery Company of Japan and tested in the United Kingdom through the American-based Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium.

The new batteries will make the GM Hybrid System nearly three times more powerful than the system it replaces. Pictured is 2009 Saturn Vue Green Line with Two-mode hybrid drive.


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