PHOTO CAPTION: electric version of Renault Kangoo being tested by La Poste, the French postal service.

Dassault and Dow Kokam Partner on Electric Car Battery Venture

Firms have worked together since 2008, developing the Cleanbat lithium battery system.

Published: 24-Sep-2009

S -- French industrial group Dassault and US joint venture Dow Kokam on Tuesday announced a preliminary agreement on a partnership to create batteries for electric and hybrid cars.

"This strategic partnership with Dassault highlights Dow Kokam's intent to accelerate the supply of vehicle-ready battery systems to grow the market," Heinz Haller, a Dow Kokam board member, said in a statement.

The two companies have already been working together since 2008 and have jointly developed Cleanbat, a battery system technology for lithium-ion batteries with liquid-cooled thermal management and high precision electronics.

Electric cars have been a centrepiece at this month's Frankfurt auto show, where an array of top auto companies, including German giant Volkswagen and US giant Ford, displayed new electric and hybrid models.


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

Dodge Zeo all-electric concept car debuted at 2008 Detroit Auto Show

While Chrysler is mum on the details, one dealer reported that Chrysler will be showing them plug-in electric cars. Pictured is Dodge Zeo electric concept car from 2008 Detroit Auto Show.

ZENN electric car is currently limited to a top speed of 25 mph.

There are about 270 all-electric passenger cars registered in Oregon, state transportation officials say.


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