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.

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