Are the batteries for the Volt here already? If GM wants to get new technology into a car within the next five years, the batteries need to be ready today so that they can get into the business of making them cheaper and high-performance in series.
And if the batteries are here today, it is likely that the nanoscale electrode A123 li-ion batteries are them. These things have higher power density, lower weight, won't explode in an accident and opperate from -20 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. These batteries are already being used in power tools. Interestingly, hobbyists have already started using those power-tool batteries to create their own electric cars.
Signs seem to be pointing to A123's batteries as the source of the power for GM's next generation hybrids and beyond. Not the least of those signs is the announced partnership between A123 and GM. All of this adds up to a pretty positive scenario for the Chevrolet Volt. The only question now is: how long before these things cost less than $10,000 a pack?
you want a123 cells for the average joe?
written by Helg, July 23, 2008
written by Andy, November 20, 2009
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