Geely Plug-In To Use Same Battery Supplier As Fisker
March 15th, 2012 4:47 PM Share
Geely has chosen their battery technology partner for their new plug-in hybrid vehicle, and their supplier, A123 Systems Inc., may not be a familiar name to everyone, but their wares have been used by other vehicles like the Fisker Karma.
Advanced Traction Battery Systems, A123’s Chinese joint venture partner, will supply batteries for the Geely plug-in. The car is expected to go on sale in 2014. No word on whether A123 will play a role in future development of Volvo’s plug-in hybrids. A123’s stock price has fluctuated wildly over the last year or so, and recent news of Fisker battery problems (not to mention t his article from the end of 2011) hasn’t helped the Mass.-based battery maker’s fortunes.
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Published March 15th, 2012 4:47 PM
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How long until we see universal battery packs that are expandable?
A123 systems was offering plug-in conversion kits for Prii a few years ago, I think they were close to $13K installed. I know King County, Washington bought 13 of the kits (this was before A123 went public). I heard the upgrade was reliable, but the price was very steep due to the Lithium Ion batteries used.
Why does this article about Geely have a picture of a Volvo on the byline? Cheap shot.
Geely is one of those Chinese car-makers that seems to get it. Their interior quality and cars are a step above the regular Chinese market stuff, and they're very aggressive in terms of design. Whether that's enough... I don't know. But a Geely EV will probably be a bit better than other Chinese-based EVs (CODA, ElectroVaya (dead?), Phoenix, ZAP...)