Lithium Batteries For Hybrid Cars

Hybrid cars need to travel farther in electric-only mode, and that means lithium-ion battery technologies have a lot riding on them.

Published: 08-Jan-2007

Imagine a stylish economy car that seats two adults and three children, has a top speed of 150 miles an hour, but runs on batteries that can be charged en route by a generator that uses a variety of fuels, including hydrogen.

General Motors will unveil such a car today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Though production is still several years away, the automaker will announce plans for the Chevy Volt, a car that will have a cruising range of up to 640 miles on 12 gallons of fuel, or a range of about 40 miles running solely on a lithium-ion battery pack.

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