June 6, 2007
GM awards contracts for battery development for Chevrolet Volt
Chevrolet Volt. Click image to enlarge
Wilmington, Delaware – General Motors has awarded two contracts for advanced development of lithium-ion batteries for its electric drive “E-Flex System”, which underpins the Chevrolet Volt concept car.
From 13 technical proposals, GM selected lithium-ion battery supplier Compact Power Inc. of Troy, Michigan, and tier-one automotive supplier Continental Automotive Systems of Frankfurt, Germany. GM says it will continue to assess other solutions to quickly bring lithium-ion batteries to production.
“The signing of these battery development contracts is an important next step on the path to bring the Volt closer to reality,” says Rick Wagoner, GM Chairman and CEO. “Given the huge potential that the Volt and its E-Flex system offers to lower oil consumption, lower oil imports, and reduce carbon emissions, this is a top priority program for GM.”
The E-Flex System was first shown as the plug-in battery electric propulsion system for the Chevrolet Volt concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. A plug-in fuel cell variant was shown at the Shanghai Auto Show in April. The system is named “E” for its electric drive, and “Flex” for the architecture’s ability to be configured in several vehicle packages, operating on various sources of electricity.