Fraunhofer, VW Develop Lithium Polymer Battery

The development and configuration of the new energy-storage module is expected to be finished by mid-2010.

Published: 20-Aug-2008

Fraunhofer scientists are developing a high-performance battery for hybrid cars that is more resilient, reliable and less harmful to the environment.

Researchers are developing an energy-storage module based on lithium-polymer accumulator technology that is suitable for use in vehicles as part of a project dubbed ‘Electromobility Fleet Test’.

The pilot project was launched by Volkswagen and Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment together with seven other partners.

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