GM Nearing Completion on New Voltec Batteries and Considering 100 Mile Range All-Electric

Voltec battery packs
Chevrolet - Reva e-Spark

In brief: General Motors is nearing completion of their second-generation battery pack design and is considering a small battery-electric car with a 100 mile range for the U.S. market.

The word

Voltec Batteries

General Motors is completing the final design and testing phase of the second-generation of their lithium-ion battery pack for the Voltec platform.

The new battery packs have improved thermal management systems, safety sensors, and are expected to have a longer lifespan (10 years/150,000 miles).

GM's ultimate goal with the newer battery packs is to begin reducing costs as they move forward. They are contained in similar cases to the current-generation packs for easy swap-in on the assembly line or in the shop.

GM did not say when these second-generation packs would enter the market, but they may be in Chevy Volts before they meet the showroom.

General Motors is already working on the third generation packs, which will likely be ready for the streets in 2012.

Chevy/Reva e-Spark

Further, the company is considering an all-electric (battery-electric or BEV) for the American market as a sub-compact with about a 100-mile range. Likely based on the e-Spark concept meant for the Indian market.

GM doesn't see a lot of demand for such a limited-range vehicle, however. The e-Spark is a joint venture with Indian maker Reva and prototypes are expected at the end of the year.

And so ...

Interesting news from GM here.

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