Austin Vying for Battery Consortium Plant Location

Austin-based ActaCell is part of 20-company consortium that is seeking to establish strong U.S.-based electric car cell manufacturing.

Published: 07-Feb-2009

Austin is a contender as a location for a car battery manufacturing plant being proposed by a newly formed consortium of 20 U.S. battery makers preparing for the nation’s shift to plug-in vehicles.

The National Alliance for Advance Transportation Battery Cell Manufacture, which was established in mid-December and includes Austin-based ActaCell Inc., is lobbying for federal funding for its effort to help U.S. companies compete with Asian battery makers that have led the way in producing batteries used in hybrid vehicles.

The nonprofit alliance, which would be similar to the Austin-based Sematech group that computer chipmakers formed in 1987, proposes to establish an industry standard and build battery manufacturing plants in anticipation of the U.S. auto industry’s move from gasoline-powered vehicles to plug-in vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries, said consortium Secretary James Greenberger, a Chicago-based lawyer.


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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