GM moving to safer lithium-phosphate battery for Chevrolet Spark EV

Following the Chevrolet Volt’s lithium-ion battery become the subject of a major NHTSA safety probe, GM said that it is moving to a less volatile battery chemistry for its upcoming Chevrolet Spark Electric that will go on sale in 2013.

GM said that it will be using phosphate-based lithium ion batteries from A123 Systems that are less likely to burn than other lithium chemistry.

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Obviously this shows how quickly the technology in electric and hybrid vehicles are changing. The Detroit automaker and other EV companies have started engineering future models with lithium-phosphate technology because the batteries cane be safer and can also last longer, said James Hall, principal of consulting firm 2953 Analytics Inc.

Details on Chevrolet Spark’s specific markets, range, quantities and pricing will be announced later.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Automotive News