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Bill Wallace showing off the Volt cell and battery pack – Click above for high-res image gallery

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General Motors realizes that it will need to get the cost of its Voltec drivetrain down in order to stay competitive and allow it to more easily be integrated into other, differently-sized vehicles. Since the battery is the most expensive part of the system, that's where the focus on cost-cutting will go. Among the approaches GM will take for the third generation of the pack, according to the head of its Opel/Vauxhall operations Nick Reilly, is the use of a smaller battery that will not have the

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Chevy Volt battery pack - Click above for high-res image gallery

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As we reported a few months back, all signs point to Compact Power, a subsidiary of LG Chem, being awarded the big initial battery contract for the upcoming Chevy Volt. Why? There are some obvious reasons, including that Compact Power was able to get its battery packs to the General a full two months before A123 fulfilled its end of the bargain, but there could be more to it than that, and Technology Review is postulating on some possible reasons. Could it be that A123's units were more expensiv

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Denise Gray, who was named the Director, Hybrid Energy Storage Systems for General Motors a few months ago, has put up a post on the GM FastLane blog. She discusses the company's commitment to making E-Flex based vehicles a production reality. Although only two contracts were awarded based on the thirteen bids that were received, that doesn't necessarily mean that either of those will go into the production version. The door is still open to other technologies and more contracts will be awarded

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