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PHOTO CAPTION: 2012 Buick LaCrosse will offer eAssist mild hybrid system.

Hitachi to Supply Lithium Battery for Buick LaCrosse Mild Hybrid

GM eAssist mild hybrid system said to improve LaCrosse fuel efficiency by 25% over previous model.

Published: 13-Mar-2011

TOKYO -- Hitachi Vehicle Energy Ltd. will supply lithium ion batteries for the Buick LaCrosse this summer, the Japanese company's first lithium power pack for a passenger vehicle.

Yoshito Tsunoda, senior vice president for battery systems at Hitachi, said the deal is part of Hitachi's plan to enter the growing battery market for hybrid and electric vehicles. The LaCrosse uses mild hybrid technology, called eAssist.

The compact 115-volt, 0.5 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery was displayed publicly for the first time at the International Rechargeable Battery Expo that opened last week in Tokyo.

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