Ener1, profiled here, develops and manufactures lithium-ion batteries designed for use in next generation hybrid and electric vehicles. In recent news, Ener1 purchased South Korean battery maker Enertech. This purchase will take Ener1 one step closer to its goal of becoming the first company to mass-produce a cost-competitive lithium-ion battery for hybrid and electric vehicles.
Enertech is one of just a handful of companies that specializes in producing large format flat (or “prismatic”) cells, which Ener1 believes offer significant performance and manufacturing advantages over more common cylindrical designs. Enertech operates a 200,000-square-foot plant outside Seoul, South Korea capable of producing cells for 15,000 electric vehicle battery packs per year.
As readers of GO media know, battery makers are scrambling to meet increased demand from global carmakers, who are attempting to meet consumers’ desire for low emission vehicles with a reduced dependence on oil consumption.
Today there are about a dozen hybrid vehicle models available, and more than four times that will be available in the next few years. However, the key to hybrid production is ensuring that there are batteries available. And, Ener1 is attempting to place itself in a position to reap the rewards of the upcoming demand.
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