Plug-in Hybrids Still Best Bet in Electric Cars

Plug-in hybrid batteries are close to meeting US ABC goals, but much work remains on the batteries for pure EVs.

Published: 15-Jan-2009

As we head for the opening of the North American International Auto Show this weekend and battery technology jumps to the forefront of the automotive agenda, it might be a good idea to remind ourselves of the U.S. auto industry’s real battery goals.

So let’s lay them out right here. Per the United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), as told to Design News in mid-2008, here are a few short-term and long-term goals:

40-Mile Plug-In Hybrid Specific Energy: 97 W-hr/kg


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.

Dramatic developments in stored-power technology make electric cars more viable than ever. Pictures is Th!nk Global's new Ox crossover vehicle.


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