SYNDICATED NEWS
PHOTO CAPTION: Renault Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn poses with Renault ZE electric concept car

Batteries the Buzz in Paris

Industry executives acknowledge that uncertainties linger over the batteries needed to power them.

Published: 09-Oct-2008

Automakers hoping to cash in on environmental concerns are displaying dozens of battery cars at the 2008 Paris auto show as the race to offer the first commercially viable electric car charges up.

But executives acknowledge that uncertainties linger over the batteries needed to power them. The technology needs to advance to meet cost and weight requirements and infrastructure to recharge them is lacking.

Some of the models on show – such as Renault's ZE concept – are still prototypes while others such as Daimler's Smart ED, have entered the test phase.

<< PREVIOUSNEXT >>
RELATED NEWS ITEMS

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

The battery system was developed by CSIRO in Australia, built by the Furukawa Battery Company of Japan and tested in the United Kingdom through the American-based Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium.

The new batteries will make the GM Hybrid System nearly three times more powerful than the system it replaces. Pictured is 2009 Saturn Vue Green Line with Two-mode hybrid drive.

READER COMMENTS

blog comments powered by Disqus