Volkswagen and Sanyo developing lithium-ion batteries

Posted on Thursday, 29 May 2008 , 04:05:20 byEmil

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Volkswagen and Sanyo developing lithium-ion batteries

Agreement has been now reached on the co-operation Volkswagen - Sanyo, one of the leading developers of rechargeable batteries in the world, working on new, extremely efficient high-performance storage systems that are based on the lithium-ion technology.

"Our focus in future," says Prof Martin Winterkorn, the CEO of the Volkswagen Group, "will be directed more strongly at making electrically powered automobiles alongside ones driven by more efficient combustion engines. Drivetrain electrification is the way forward if we wish to secure mobility in tomorrow’s world. This will involve energy recovery. The whole idea will be to no avail, however, as long as we do not have powerful energy storage systems at our disposal and as long as vehicle operations are not in tune with customer demands. This cooperation is an important step for us," Winterkorn continues.

Lithium-ion technology, very successfully used already in communications electronics plus portable computers, has the potential of satisfying even the particularly exacting demands now placed on the electro-traction systems on motor autos.