Michigan-Built Advanced Batteries for Electric Cars Will Be Used

The United States has no large-scale production of advanced batteries. Those industries are centered in Asia, where government subsidies have helped them develop and grow.

Published: 06-Jan-2009

If any place is going to be the high-tech lithium-ion battery capital of the world, Michigan should be it.

And while we're at it, let's make it Kalamazoo.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm and the Michigan Legislature last month approved tax credits worth up to $335 million to encourage companies to manufacture the batteries -- used in hybrid and electric vehicles -- in the state.


The battery system was developed by CSIRO in Australia, built by the Furukawa Battery Company of Japan and tested in the United Kingdom through the American-based Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium.

The new batteries will make the GM Hybrid System nearly three times more powerful than the system it replaces. Pictured is 2009 Saturn Vue Green Line with Two-mode hybrid drive.

Dramatic developments in stored-power technology make electric cars more viable than ever. Pictures is Th!nk Global's new Ox crossover vehicle.


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