FEV Joins EIG for Li-Ion Battery Development

In light of the projected growth in demand for battery packs to be used in the future electric vehicles, powertrain and vehicle technologies manufacturers are scrambling to find the best way to produce cheap, reliable batteries.

American manufacturer FEV joined the race today with the announcement of a partnership with the Energy Innovation Group (EIG). The two will work to create a 21kW-h Li-Ion battery pack, intended for use in a Range-Extended Electric Vehicle (ReEV) project.

The cooperation between the two consists of FEV developing the battery at its Hybrid Electric Vehicle Development Center by using advanced cells sourced from EIG. What will come out of this cooperation will be put to both testing and demonstration on the Dodge Caliber ReEV concept shown by FEV at the 2009 SAE World Congress. No time limit on the development of the new battery pack has been yet provided.

"FEV is pleased to announce this cooperation with EIG,"Gary Rogers FEV, CEO said in a release. "The strongest teams are developed when recognized experts from different fields coordinate their resources to solve problems that are critical to the industry. We prefer to work that way with our customers as well as with our partners. EIG is a recognized leader in battery technology and we look forward to jointly developing innovative new technologies that address the needs of our industry."

"We look forward to taking advantage of the synergies between FEV's engineering expertise in transportation solutions and our leading battery performance technology," Charlie Duncheon EIG CEO added. "We believe customers with needs in vehicle electrification stand to gain significant benefits from this combination."
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