GE Accelerating Investment in Electric Car Battery Technology

The slowing world economy poses a challenge to the drive to shift cars from burning fossil fuels towards relying on electric power

Published: 23-Oct-2008

NISKAYUNA, N.Y.-- General Electric Co is stepping up its investment in developing new battery technologies for autos as it looks to increase its role in electrifying cars -- one of the key strategies to boost fuel efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The U.S. conglomerate is working with U.S. automaker Chrysler to secure government funding to develop a system to electrify larger passenger vehicles and has raised its investment in A123 Systems Inc, which makes batteries for cars and electric devices, to $55 million.

"The trend toward electrification is pressing and inevitable," said Mark Little, senior vice president and director of GE's global research center in Niskayuna, New York.


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.


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