Saft has delivered its first EverSkyTM batteries to Boeing as part of a contract awarded in 2018 to fit new 777 and 777X airliners with onboard rechargeable nickel-based battery systems, comprised ofULM® (Ultra-Low Maintenance) EverSky batteries combined with a dedicated charger. The new Saft battery system is designed to offer 777 operators superior performance and lower total cost of ownership (TCO) by extending maintenance intervals. Customers can retrofit existing 777 airplanes with these new systems distributed by Boeing subsidiary Aviall.
The Boeing 777 battery system provides onboard power for APU (auxiliary power unit) starting and backup for critical systems. It comprises a 60 Ah, 24 V ULM battery together with a charger. Two battery systems are fitted to each airplane. The 777 contract is Saft’s first direct contract with Boeing as a first-tier supplier. Saft has been providing batteries to Boeing indirectly for more than 30 years working via integrators