Published on July 29th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro25
Envia Wins Battery Contract With Detroit Automakers
July 29th, 2014 by Christopher DeMorro
Battery company Envia Systems promised an affordable 200-mile battery pack to General Motors back in 2012, but failed to deliver. A revealing expose cast light on the company’s own doubts and troubles, though much of that appears to be behind them…hopefully.
Green Car Congress reports that the US Advanced Battery Consortium, which consists of GM, Chrysler, and Ford, has awarded a $7.7 million battery development contract to Envia. Perhaps the second time’s the charm?
The bid was co-funded by the US Department of Energy, which recently awarded Envia $3.8 million to continue development on a low-cost, 200+ mile battery pack for electric vehicles. Development will focus on a lithium-ion layered cathode and a silicon-based anode which could deliver on Envia’s promise of a battery pack that costs just $150 per kWh.
America is a country that loves to give second chances, and Envia seemed to be onto something there for awhile. Maybe the second time around they’ll finally deliver.
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