First Hybrid Car To Use Lithium-Ion Battery

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Ener1, an alternative energy company, has become the first to successfully integrate a lithium-ion battery into an operating hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), an important milestone for the electric vehicle industry. The company’s battery division, EnerDel, will exhibit its lithium-ion battery pack in an operating HEV at the EVS-23 show in Anaheim, California Dec. 2-4.

EnerDel’s engineering team has modified a Toyota Prius vehicle to work successfully with the company’s exclusive battery chemistry and design. Making approximately twice the energy available for the car’s use compared with the existing nickel metal hydride battery is expected to substantially increase performance.

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EnerDel is scheduled to deliver a prototype electric vehicle (EV) battery to Think City of Norway in March under a $70 million development and supply agreement. The company has also received a $6.5 million contract from the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium for development of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) battery.

Via: CNN Money

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