Axeon Holdings, Europe’s largest independent lithium-ion battery system supplier, is pleased to announce a major agreement worth a minimum of £17.3 million from Allied Vehicles Ltd. Axeon has agreed a contract to supply a minimum of 1000 lithium-ion battery packs to Glasgow based Allied Vehicles, to power a range of zero-emission vehicles.
Allied are building on their strong relationship with Peugeot to provide a 3.5 tonne rated delivery vehicle based on the Peugeot Boxer, while the Peugeot Expert body shell provides options for a 3 tonne rated delivery vehicle, 8 seat minibus, and a taxi. Allied are also developing an all electric 16 seat low floor city bus.
These vehicles were shown at the recent commercial vehicles show in Birmingham and received a very positive response from potential customers. The first delivery of batteries is scheduled for September 2008, with volume production of batteries starting at that point. Zev are currently forecasting to produce around 200 vehicles a year.
With this agreement, Axeon is now providing battery systems for two of the three leading suppliers of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK. Axeon brings to the agreement its considerable expertise in battery management, manifested in its proprietary Battery Management System (BMS). This is a highly-sophisticated protection circuit that maintains safe operation, controls the battery and extends its life and durability, all critical for automotive applications.
Allied has grown quickly over the last few years focusing on the market for converting vehicles to taxis and wheelchair-adapted vehicles. This vehicle conversion expertise means they have an established manufacturing and sales operation in Glasgow coupled with an established dealer/maintenance network across the UK.
(Source and Image: Axeon Holdings)