GM Gets Battery Assist from California Company


The Detroit Bureau - August 10, 2012

The sin­gle biggest prob­lem with elec­tric vehi­cles is lim­ited range.  GM is hop­ing that a small Cal­i­for­nia com­pany may have a break­through to sub­stan­tially increase the dis­tance bat­tery cars can travel between charges.

Check out the range “game changer”!

The automaker’s invest­ment arm, GM Ven­tures LLC, is invest­ing heav­ily in Envia Sys­tems, based in Newark, Cal­i­for­nia. The firm claims to have devel­oped a new way to pack about 400 watt hours of energy into a kilo­gram of battery.

That would poten­tially per­mit a Chevro­let Volt plug-in hybrid to go 70 miles on a charge, for exam­ple, com­pared to 35 today.