Navitas Systems been contracted by the National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC) to develop second-generation batteries for military vehicles.
Under the $7.2m contract, Navitas will help develop an improved Gen 2 lithium-ion 6T battery.
The US Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) has already provided Navitas with funding to develop 24V Gen 1 lithium-ion 6T batteries.
As part of the new deal, the firm will deliver manufacturable beta versions of the Gen 2 batteries, which can be used in both legacy and advanced military vehicle systems.
The new batteries will be developed with higher cold-cranking capability, and increased energy density.
Navitas will deliver the batteries to Oshkosh Defense for in-vehicle integration and testing, which will be carried out at the Global Technology Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, US.
According to Navitas, the testing will verify that the batteries meet military vehicle performance requirements.
Navitas System chairman and founder Alan ElShafei said: "It is an honour and a privilege to receive the NAMC award, which is focused on the development of a breakthrough Gen 2 6T battery for the US Military.
In October 2014, Navitas secured a $1.55m contract from Alion Science and Technology to develop a next-generation lithium-ion 6T battery system.
Image: Navitas has secured a contract to develop Gen 2 lithium-ion 6T batteries. Photo: courtesy of Navitas System, LLC Corporate.