May 20, 1992 |
The first battery to be embraced by a government-industry consortium looking for electric car breakthroughs offers the most power per pound of any such technology but could cost upward of $4,000 apiece, its developers said Tuesday. The high upfront cost would be more than offset by its promised lifetime of usage and other advantages, leading to less than half the 15 to 20 cents per mile operating cost of a gasoline-powered car over 100,000 miles, said Energy Conversion Devices Inc.
January 16, 1993 |
In what could be the biggest challenge yet to the lead U.S. auto makers have held with electric car technology, Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. reportedly will combine efforts to build electric car components. The two companies--Japan's largest auto makers--are already exchanging technical information about batteries and control systems, the Associated Press said Friday, based on a report in the nationally circulated Mainichi newspaper. U.S.
January 24, 1992 |
General Motors and federal scientists said Thursday that they expect to deny foreign auto makers access to the fruits of their joint research, even though several Japanese auto firms are big U.S. producers and employers. Already, a battery research consortium including the Big Three U.S. auto firms and the Energy Department has rejected requests by the Japanese to join, government officials said.
February 24, 1993 |
President Clinton this week has called for closer collaboration between government and industry on several fronts. Here is an assessment of the President's proposals: AIRLINES THE PLAN: President Clinton has proposed the creation of a national commission to recommend ways to help the ailing U.S. airline industry. The panel likely would examine ways to help U.S.
March 10, 1994 |
General Motors Corp. said Wednesday that it is hoping to mass-produce an advanced battery that could greatly increase the range of electric vehicles--and to do so it is enlisting a former GM chairman as a key adviser. The auto maker said it will provide an undisclosed amount of financial and technical help to Ovonic Battery Co. of Troy, Mich., to develop, manufacture and commercialize a nickel-metal hydride battery. "It's a very promising battery," said Kenneth R.
May 31, 1991 |
A battery that could be quickly refueled, like a car's gas tank, has joined the race to develop the first practical electric car. Westwood-based Luz International Ltd., which produces 95% of the world's solar electricity, said Thursday that the concept could help replace the polluting internal-combustion engine. Luz said it plans to demonstrate its battery--which uses a silvery liquid slurry to produce an electric charge--with a test run from Sacramento to Los Angeles early in 1992.