SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec), a wholly owned subsidiary of ECOtality, Inc. (OTCBB: ETLY), a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, today announced the launch of the new Minit-Charger FC battery fast-charging system that will be unveiled today at the ProMat 2009 convention in Chicago, IL. The FC is specifically designed for heavy duty material handling applications and reduces a facility’s electrical consumption by featuring the highest energy conversion efficiency (97%) and power factor amongst chargers in its class. Utilizing Minit-Charger’s patented advanced algorithm technology, the Minit-Charger FC system is 50 to 65% smaller and 50 to 70% lighter than other fast-charge systems that provide a power output of up to 320 amps.
“Featuring the most advanced fast-charging technology on the market, the Minit-Charger FC can power continuous heavy duty operations while requiring minimal space,” said Don Karner, president and CEO of eTec, the parent company of Minit-Charger. “The FC Charger rounds out the Minit-Charger product portfolio to support the most demanding power applications with the most energy efficient, compact and lightweight charging systems. As fast-charging has various mainstream applications and will play a critical role in the infrastructure for on-road electric vehicles, our ability to charge batteries faster, safer and more efficiently while utilizing little space provides us with a strong competitive advantage.”
The Minit-Charger FC is a UL certified, high-frequency, single-connector charger designed for heavy duty applications. Providing up to 320 amps of output, the FC Charger can fast-charge battery systems of 48 volts (or less) more than four times faster than conventional chargers. The FC Charger features a light and compact design that allows the system to be pole or wall mounted in order to save valuable floor space. The FC Charger also features the patented Minit-Trak™ data management system that provides the most comprehensive performance evaluation of a battery’s state-of-health and state-of-charge and the Battery Data Control (BDC) system that automatically adjusts charging rates to increase and maximize battery life.