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Vanguard swappable battery pack named Next Level Awards finalist

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A Vanguard Commercial Power 1.5kWh swappable battery pack Briggs & Stratton

CONEXPO-CON/AGG and the International Fluid Power Exposition (IFPE) have selected the new 1.5kWh swappable battery pack from Vanguard Commercial Power as one of the top 10 finalists for the Next Level Awards program. The CONEXPO-CON/AGG Next Level Awards celebrate exhibiting companies that are pushing the boundaries and developing next-level products, technologies, and services designed to advance the construction industry. The battery pack will be on display in the Vanguard booth at CONEXPO. Show attendees will be able to vote onsite at CONEXPO to determine which of the 10 finalists will be named Contractors' Top Choice.

Vanguard and the 1.5kWh swappable battery pack was selected by a panel of Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) members. They were judged based on three criteria: 

  • Addresses a common industry need in a unique and innovative way.
  • Benefits the industry across multiple applications for industry-wide adoption.
  • Positively impacts the safety, sustainability, and workforce of the industry. 

Vanguard knows charging infrastructure, safety, minimal downtime, and range anxiety are top of mind for OEMs and users when it comes to embracing electrified equipment. When designing the 1.5kWh battery pack, Vanguard drew inspiration from the easy-to-swap battery packs used by the hand-held, cordless tool market to help address these concerns. 

The exchangeable design of the 1.5kWh swappable battery pack empowers users to swap freshly charged packs from application to application quickly, reducing downtime on the job site, increasing productivity, and eliminating concerns around range and runtime. The integrated battery management system (BMS) constantly measures the pack's voltage and temperature to ensure safe and efficient operations. 

"It's an honour to have the swappable battery pack recognized for its innovative design and powerful potential," says David Frank, vice president of electrification at Briggs & Stratton. "We know that it will transform the off-highway industry as more OEMs look to bring battery-powered equipment to market. We're excited to show the industry firsthand the endless potential of the swappable battery pack through the concept applications we'll have running throughout the show. This is just the beginning of what's to come for the off-highway industry as more OEMs embrace the many benefits of electrification."

Available for order in May 2023, the swappable battery pack unlocks more application potential across industries. From blowers and concrete trowels to lighting up a job site, the opportunities are endless. The swappable battery pack will be running several pieces of compact equipment, including a Billy Goat blower, an EDCO grinder, a Multiquip walk-behind trowel, and a battery-powered concrete mixer at CONEXPO-CON/AGG. Throughout the show, Vanguard will host live, moderated demonstrations of the concept products.

The swappable battery pack can be used in parallel with other Vanguard packs to meet greater power needs, offering users the ability to scale power to the job at hand. The swappable battery pack also features a standard interface that can work across multiple product platforms, adding versatility and reducing unnecessary costs. 

"We're excited to recognize these innovative construction products that are taking the industry to the next level," says Dana Wuesthoff, CONEXPO-CON/AGG show director. "And March 14 to 16, it will be in the hands of CONEXPO-CON/AGG attendees to determine the Contractors' Top Choice." 

Voting will only take place onsite at the show, and visitors will be able to vote right from the Vanguard booth.

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