Akerson: GM may have electric-car battery breakthrough within 4 years
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Back in January 2011, GM invested $7 million in Newark, California based Envia Systems to provide the Detroit automaker’s battery engineering team with access to advanced lithium-ion technology. The investment was taken on to ensure that GM has access to higher cell energy density at a lower cost.

Read ourĀ review on the Chevrolet Volt.

Speaking to employees today, GM’s CEO Dan Akerson said that Envia has made some progress that could easily power an electric vehicle for 100 to 200 miles on single charge. The battery could make it to cars within the next 4 years, Akerson said.

“I think we’ve got better than a 50-50 chance,” Akerson said, “to develop a car that will go to 200 miles on a charge. That would be a game changer.”

By now you’re probably thinking ‘Big deal, Tesla Motors’ Model S can go 300 miles on a single charge’ – but there’s a catch. Tesla Motors battery is very large, heavy and can cost more than twice as the components used in the Volt.

Envia’s battery is supposed to be compact, cheaper and lighter. Either way, we’ll believe it when we see it.

- By: Omar Rana

Source: Free Press


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  • Cad4life

    tell the ceo, i got an idea that could do this already

  • matt

    Four years is a long time with todays rapid advances in technology. I predict that GM will be too late for the party by then.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003635203017 Michael Bartley

    This is GM once again (Who Killed the Electric Car) impeding progress purely for profit’s sake. They will hang on to the internal combustion engine until they see market share drying up to sales to the Leaf and Tesla. Toyota is playing the same profit game. They were a party to stuffing electric cars along with GM before.
    Car companies are playing the same game as the power companies. FP&L is overpowering local governments from instituting feed-in-tariffs (FIT) in Florida while they get automatic rate increases every year to pre-pay for grid upgrades and nuclear power plants. In Florida it cost 8 times as much the FIT in Gainesville (sneaked in there). Proof: last 3 rate increase add over $6/mo while Gainesvilles FIT cost less than 75cents/mo. In my own town complete solar system can be bought for $3.50/watt. Even without FIT it will pay out and become profitable in 20 years. They arrange finance/permits etc – no cash outlay. You just need a roof the right angle. http://www.suncommercialsolar.com/