Michigan Needs to Get Batteries Right

The problem that threatens to trip up the entire industry push toward electric vehicles is: How do we tackle the scale issue? asks Nathan Bomey.

Published: 28-Jan-2009

Michigan needs to get batteries right.

The crisis in the automotive industry is no less than frightening. But the opportunity to salvage the state's automotive expertise and leverage its university heritage to capitalize on advanced batteries represents a beacon of hope for the state's economy.

Perhaps the greatest problem, however, is the need for substantial up-front investment in lithium-ion battery manufacturing capacity for vehicles.


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.

Chrysler is looking to develop their next generation of plug-ins to compete directly with GM's upcoming 2010 Volt using GE's 'dual-battery' energy storage system.


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