Car Industry Abuzz Over Chinese Battery Claims

BYD says its power packs use an iron ferrous chemistry that allows them to double the voltage delivered but costs considerably less than competing technology.

Published: 19-Jan-2009

The word in the auto world today - other than "bailout," of course - is "green."

After years of bigger, hungrier autos, the world's manufacturers are focusing on small, fuel-sipping models.

So far, gas-electric hybrids make up the bulk of automakers' efforts toward a green future. That's because mating a small gasoline engine with an electric motor and battery pack is now a relatively simple process.

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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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