New Industry Products

Universal Power Group Launches Line of Lithium-Iron Phosphate Powersports Batteries

February 15, 2012 by Jeff Shepard

Universal Power Group, Inc. (UPG) announced the launch of the Adventure Power® Phantom line of lithium-iron phosphate batteries for motorcycles and the powersports category. UPG also announced a new strategic alliance with Shorai Inc. (Shorai), a manufacturer of lithium iron-based powersports batteries, that will provide the technological expertise required for the development and production of the new Phantom line, which will be marketed by UPG.

Under the terms of its agreement with Shorai, UPG will market a line of lithium iron phosphate-based batteries under the Phantom line, utilizing Shorai’s exclusive and world-leading eXtreme-Rate LiFeP04 cell technology. The lithium-based batteries offer several benefits over traditional lead-acid batteries including:

-- Advanced LFP cell technology;

-- Substantial weight reduction -- less than 1.5 pounds, or one-fifth the average weight of lead acid batteries;

-- Carbon composite case designed to military specifications;

-- The capacity to hold a charge for up to one year without maintenance in most vehicles without a parasitic draw;

-- Quicker starting, with fast cranking power and fast recharging;

-- Environmentally conscious attributes, including no hazardous chemicals

"We are pleased to announce the growth of UPG’s Adventure Power series of motorcycle and powersports batteries and our alliance with Shorai, which creates an exciting opportunity to expand the breadth of our offerings," said Ian Edmonds, UPG’s president and CEO. "This collaboration allows UPG to market new and innovative products to our customers, meeting their unique demands for lightweight and high-performance solutions. Working with Shorai also fits well with our long-term strategy of engaging with partners that have complementary technologies and strengths that we can leverage in our core markets."

David Radford, President of Shorai Inc., commented, "We are pleased to work with UPG on expanding the reach and acceptance of our leading-edge battery technology beyond our core distribution channel of motorcycle dealers, and to access UPG’s broad distribution base of eTailers, retailers and battery specialists. We see many opportunities to market our advanced battery chemistry and features to meet the needs of motorcycle and powersports enthusiasts around the world, and this agreement will bring us closer to realizing that goal."

The Phantom line is the latest, high-performance addition to the Adventure Power series, an extensive line of batteries designed for motorcycles, scooters, ATVs, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, and American V-Twins. The new lithium iron-batteries are designed to be a drop-in replacement for all OEM equipment and install in a matter of minutes. In addition, they are designed, engineered and tested in accordance with JASA’s JIS D 5302, the internationally accepted standard for powersports batteries.