Compact Power Confident of its Volt-destined Battery Packs

As Troy-based unit of LG Chem prepares to deliver its third lithium polymer pack to GM for testing, A123 is delivering its first.

Published: 07-Feb-2008

Advanced battery firm Compact Power Inc. is expressing confidence in the future of lithium-ion batteries for hybrid vehicles as the company prepared to deliver its third prototype battery pack this week for the Chevrolet Volt plug-in project.

The Troy-based firm and its parent company, battery maker LG Chem Ltd. of South Korea, are one of two groups under contract to develop battery pack systems for the Volt, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with a 40-mile electric driving range.

Despite some hedging by top executives, General Motors Corp. is moving ahead with a late 2010 production timeline for the sport sedan, a company spokesman said.


Biggest drawback is cost at $2,500USD per kilowatt, about 10% above cost of coal fired plant.

38 kg (88 lbs) micro streamliner reaches 122km/h (75mph) on 192 AA batteries.

The phosphate-based Epoch batteries are equipped with an advanced management system that will monitor and adjust cell performance.


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