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As if Chris Anthony didn’t have enough to do as chief of composite operations for Aptera, a startup working on a futuristic-looking, ultra aerodynamic three-wheeled vehicle, and CEO of hybrid boat maker Epic Boats. The multi-tasking entrepreneur has just taken on another project as the head […]

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As if Chris Anthony didn’t have enough to do as chief of composite operations for Aptera, a startup working on a futuristic-looking, ultra aerodynamic three-wheeled vehicle, and CEO of hybrid boat maker Epic Boats. The multi-tasking entrepreneur has just taken on another project as the head of a new company called Flux Power, which plans to launch a family of products next month for managing, monitoring and charging lithium batteries.

Based in Vista, Calif., Flux is a spin off from LHV Power (formerly called HiTek Power Corporation), which sells power supply systems to corporations including Applied Materials and Kodak. Flux plans to market technology for a range of energy storage applications, including electric vehicles and backup power supplies. Chief Technology Officer Joseph Gottlieb told me this morning that the company will use lithium cells from a variety of manufacturers and integrate them into a battery with the Flux management system. Customers — an automaker, for example — will then be able to take that modular system and create their own battery pack.

“Once they’re done tuning their system” in prototype testing, Gottlieb explained, Flux’s modular approach will enable it to meet large-scale orders at relatively low cost, and Flux’s smart charger can be easily integrated. Gottlieb said that part of what Flux is marketing is similar to the piece of the electric vehicle puzzle that Tesla is providing Daimler for its Smart ED battery packs, but with an important difference: Tesla is creating a “custom box for a particular vehicle,” he said, while Flux is creating modular solutions that can be adjusted to some degree for different applications.

As Anthony explains in the company’s announcement this morning, Flux’s system will “manage and record the life cycle of a lithium cell,” with the intention of making lithium batteries cost-competitive with lead-acid energy storage options currently used in golf carts, neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) and fork lifts — markets that may be lacking in glamor, but not opportunity. According to Gottlieb, the company is now in discussions with automakers — but it’s in the “preliminary evaluation” stage. If Flux can take as much cost out of the equation as quickly as it’s now promising, we expect it could find some takers.

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  1. [...] when Vista-based Flux Power was spun off by LVH Power.  Leading the charge for Flux Power will be Chris Anthony who is also the chief of composite operations for Aptera.  In a few weeks, the company will launch [...]

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  2. If you check life cycle costs Li is already cost effective.

    quote=As Anthony explains in the company’s announcement this morning, Flux’s system will “manage and record the life cycle of a lithium cell,” with the intention of making lithium batteries cost-competitive with lead-acid energy storage options currently used in golf carts, neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) and fork lifts —

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  3. [...] Flux Power Systems Targeting LSV & Golf Car Market Flux Power, a startup led by the co-founder of vehicle manufacturer Aptera, is targeting the LSV and golf car markets with their lithium based power systems.  Flux Power’s products manage, monitor and charge lithium batteries.  Flux Power products are designed to work with batteries from a variety of manufacturers to create modular battery units.  A vehicle manufacturer or other customers could then combine units to create custom battery packs.  Smart charging technology can be integrated as well. By increasing the efficiency of lithium battery packs and thereby lowering costs, the company hopes to penetrate markets currently dominated by lead-acid batteries.  Products are expected to be available in November, 2009.  Learn more:  Earth2tech.com [...]

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  4. I find the whole mfg sector revolving around any one of these new battery types to be nothing more than a bunch of talk. All anybody has done is gone bankrupt, get out of bankruptcy, teamed up, or made “strategic partnerships”. What are they doing with the all that taxpayer stimulus money. They havent spent a dime on anything. I thought they would be gearing up factories for mass production? They are’nt. Nobody is…its just a big money grab by the battery people.

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  5. [...] including electric vehicles and backup power supplies, as Chief Technology Officer Joseph Gottlieb told us last month. It’s starting with a charger and a lithium ion battery module. In the second quarter of next [...]

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  6. [...] including electric vehicles and backup power supplies, as Chief Technology Officer Joseph Gottlieb told us last month. It’s starting with a charger and a lithium ion battery module. In the second quarter of next [...]

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  7. [...] Power: Based in Vista, Calif. and headed up by Chris Anthony (co-founder of three-wheeled electric vehicle developer Aptera), Flux Power plans to market modular [...]

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  8. [...] Led by the nonprofit California Center for Sustainable Energy , or CCSE, the group also includes utility San Diego Gas & Electric, charging infrastructure provider AeroVironment, UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center, and Flux Power, a battery systems developer headed up by Aptera co-founder Chris Anthony. [...]

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  9. [...] is hardly the only company working on a management system for battery packs. Tesla Motors, Atieva, Flux Power and General Motors are just a few of the players racing to get a competitive edge (in the case of [...]

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