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GM’s New Battery Could Extend EV Driving Range To 200 Miles

Posted By Marc Carter On August 10, 2012 @ 1:20 pm In automotive,Electric Cars,Green Transportation,News | 2 Comments

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With a total driving range of less than 100 miles, today’s electric cars [1] do not represent a complete alternative to a traditional gas or diesel-powered car. General Motors [2] is reportedly developing new technology that would boost an electric car’s range up to 200 miles on a single charge. GM CEO Dan Akerson recently stated that the GM-backed Envia Systems [3]┬áhas made a huge breakthrough in the amount of energy a lithium-ion battery can hold.

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The Newark, CA-based company and GM estimate that the new battery can power an electric car [4] up to 100 miles, but their goal is to reach 200 miles between charges. “I think we’ve got better than a 50-50 chance to develop a car that will go to 200 miles on a charge,” Akerson said. “That would be a game changer.”

Currently, GM’s Chevy Volt [5] can only travel up to 35 miles on a single charge, before its range-extender engine kicks in. Tesla [6] has managed to get more than 100 miles out of its electric models, but its battery packs are larger and much more expensive than the unit that powers the Volt. Envia Systems [3] also stated earlier this year that the new battery technology will be much cheaper than the current lithium-ion units, which would dramatically drop the prices of future electric vehicles.

General Motors hopes that the new battery technology [7] will be ready in the next two to four years.

+ General Motors [2]

via PhysOrg [8]


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[1] electric cars: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=electric+cars

[2] General Motors: http://www.gm.com

[3] Envia Systems: http://enviasystems.com/

[4] electric car: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=electric+car

[5] Chevy Volt: http://www.chevrolet.com/volt-electric-car.html

[6] Tesla: http://www.teslamotors.com

[7] battery technology: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=battery+technology

[8] PhysOrg: http://phys.org/news/2012-08-gm-electric-car-breakthrough.html

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