July 15, 2021: Remy Battery has completed the first article testing of a $43 million US Department of Defense contract to supply 83,000 batteries a year for three years.
There are also two one-year option years to provide the 6TL batteries, which were partly chosen because they come in Remy’s FreshStart packaging, a finalist entry in the 2018 BCI Innovation Awards.
The packaging is specifically for dry-charged batteries, which means no excess chemicals need to be stored, reducing hazmat shipping costs and allowing battery activation by a single person.
Along with the dry-charged battery, FreshStart contains individually packaged portions of the electrolyte required for each cell.
Passing the testing means Remy can begin shipping the batteries to the government, which should begin imminently.
“We’re excited!” said Remy’s government sales manager Kevin Fleischman. “The US military has certain specifications that varied from any 6TL offered in the commercial market and we understood this.
“We’ve worked very hard with the battery plant and the DLA to see that our battery meets the expectations of the US government’s requirements and after two years, passing the first article testing was the last hurdle before we begin shipping.
“At three to four truckloads a week, now the real work begins!”