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Old 09-11-2018, 09:05   #46
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Re: Trojan lithium drop in replacement

There were some LFP batteries at the UK Southampton boat show this summer. I don't remember the manufacturer now, but they made a big point about being made totally in USA.
They were similar size to 105's and had their own BMS included.

They were certainly competitively priced with other similar offerings (e.g. mastervolt) but still way outside my own interest level.
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Re: Trojan lithium drop in replacement

I don't think the inner actual LFP cells / pouches are made anywhere but China, unless maybe Europe?

wrt USA I think the best you'd get (if this were important to you) is " designed and assembled" there. Maybe the enclosure, some wiring etc.
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I don't think the inner actual LFP cells / pouches are made anywhere but China, unless maybe Europe?
That is what I expected, but apparently this company has opened their own facility in USA to make the cells. I would anticipate that it is relatively close to a source of lithium.

Speaking to the company representative, he speculated that another factory could be opened in UK as apparently the old Cornish mines also contained lithium, but this was not used and so commercially a waste product in the late 1800s when these mines started to close down.
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Re: Trojan lithium drop in replacement

Actual lithium is used in such tiny quantities barely an issue with LFP.

The millions maybe billions of investment dollars, cheap electricity and environmental issues are the big ones.

Sorry, but I think you were speaking to someone in sales / marketing, color me skeptical.
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Re: Trojan lithium drop in replacement

By chance this past week I had been exploring the market for this particular battery type (Trillium) and was advised that, in Canada where I am, these batteries are expected to be offered for sale in April 2019. The Group 27 asking price is expected to be CAD$2400, so presumably the Group 24 will be slightly less expensive. All other things being equal, the US$ I would think to be roughly $1850 for the Grp 27.

This info was provided by a company called Megacharge
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