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.

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