Saft Launches New Xcelion® 56V Li-ion Battery

Saft’s Xcelion batteries offer a high-capacity, low-weight alternative to traditional lead-acid batteries and enable widespread adoption of Li-ion technology to militaries and more.


Saft has recently launched a new product in the Xcelion line, the Xcelion 56V lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, offering customers a variant on the proven technology behind the Xcelion 6T® for applications requiring higher voltage.

As the third Xcelion product, the Xcelion 56V builds upon the existing technology behind the Xcelion 6T, launched in 2015, and the Xcelion 6T-E, a high energy Li-ion battery launched in 2018 that doubles the capacity of lead-acid batteries in the same form factor, allowing customers to take advantage of volume production. The Xcelion 56V offers higher capacity, a longer life cycle, longer calendar life, lighter weight, and smart battery capabilities compared to standard lead-acid batteries. The 41Ah Li-ion battery is an off-the-shelf solution with a nominal voltage of 52.8V and is only half the weight of lead-acid batteries of similar size.

The Xcelion 56V also includes standard safety features such as abuse-tolerant Super-Phosphate® Li-ion technology and a battery management system. Smart battery features enable communication with the end user, providing information about the battery state-of-health, state-of-charge, and other functions. Applications for the Xcelion 56V include military ground vehicles, defense, microgrids, solar power systems, electric vehicles, and other applications using 48V power.

“We are really excited to introduce the Xcelion 56V. Our newest product launch showcases Saft’s ability to adapt to customer demands and develop products that meet specific customer needs,” said Annie Sennet, President of Saft America and Executive Vice President of Saft’s Space and Defense division. “We are proud to offer militaries and other industries a higher voltage option that stays true to Saft’s high safety standards.” 

Saft also has plans to launch an Xcelion 6T Li-Type 1 battery at the end of 2019 that will meet the requirements of MIL-PRF-32565 and will give unsurpassed cold cranking performance and safety. Saft is exhibiting the Xcelion 56V and the rest of the product line at the SOFIC show in Tampa, FL, May 20-23, Booth #1620.

About Saft 

Saft specializes in advanced technology battery solutions for industry, from the design and development to the production, customization and service provision. For 100 years, Saft’s longer-lasting batteries and systems have provided critical safety applications, back-up power and propulsion for our customers. Our innovative, safe and reliable technology delivers high performance on land, at sea, in the air and in space. Saft is powering industry and smarter cities, while providing critical back-up functionality in remote and harsh environments from the Arctic Circle to the Sahara Desert. Saft is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Total, a leading international oil and gas company and a major player in low-carbon energies.

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