PHOTO CAPTION: Smart EV electric car at 2009 Detroit Auto Show. Photo credit: EV

Tesla to Supply Smart with Electric Car Battery Packs

Daimler selects Tesla to produce battery packs and chargers for Smart EV.

Published: 17-Jan-2009

While Tesla's major-auto-show debut may have lacked style and free espresso, it more than made up for that with actual news (something painfully absent in most press conferences in Detroit this week).

The San Carlos-based electric-car maker said today that it has been selected to provide the batteries and chargers for Daimler's Smart EV and that the company would deliver 1,000 of the batteries this year and next.

"Daimler just gave me permission this morning to announce the news," said Elon Musk, best known as the co-founder of Paypal. He said he had been in discussions with Daimler, maker of the Smart car and Mercedes-Benz, since mid-2007, and that Tesla delivered its first prototype a year ago. If the program develops, Musk said, it could lead to the production of "tens of thousands" of the batteries.


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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