Detroit Auto Show Sparks Firefly's Interest

GM's electric concept car shows need for improved batteries.

Published: 17-Jan-2007

PEORIA - Firefly Energy, the Peoria firm that's developing a lightweight lead-acid battery, isn't focusing on the automotive industry - yet.

But the company, already working on contracts with Swedish lawn mower king Husqvarna and the U.S. military, liked what it heard at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which continues through this week.

While hybrid vehicles garner much of the attention at the show, Detroit automakers have called for a major increase in federal spending on battery research. Carmakers say the government needs to increase research efforts to keep up with what's going on in Japan and other Asian nations.


A new generation of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) technology helps the Civic achieve an estimated fuel economy rating of 4.7 L/100km (city) and 4.3 L/100km (highway) - improved from the 2005 Civic Hybrid's figures of 4.9 and 4.6 L/100km.

The new Civic brings a roomier interior, more spunk under the hood, and fuel mileage around 40 mpg on the highway.

Volkswagen Jetta diesel beats Toyota Prius hybrid in 500 test drive between Ann Arbor and Washington, D.C.


blog comments powered by Disqus