Electric Cars: One Size Doesn't Fit All

Martin LaMonica reports on Electric Drive Transportation Association teleconference on electric car batteries.

Published: 24-Jan-2011

Battery-powered vehicles will come in a range of electric and hybrid models in coming years, rather than come in one or two configurations.

The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) yesterday hosted a teleconference where battery company executives predicted how auto electrification will take hold and how the industry will tackle the cost of batteries.

Hybrid cars are now a familiar sight in the U.S. and many consumers are already aware of the battery-electric Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt, which uses a gas engine to run a generator that charges its batteries. Automakers are investing in plug-in vehicles, relying largely on lithium ion batteries, in large part to meet fleet fuel economy mandates.



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