Cobasys, a corporate cousin of Energy Conversion Devices has been awarded the contract to supply batteries to General Motors for the new Saturn Aura Green Line hybrid. Cobasys is a joint venture between ECD and Chevron Technology Ventures. The battery for the Aura is a nickel metal hydride unit that Cobasys sells under their NiMHax brand. This battery will be a 36V unit that is integrated with control electronics and liquid cooling, that's designed as a plug and play system for hybrid vehicle applications. Cobasys designed the system to be easily scalable for different vehicle applications. The NiMH technology is obviously not as advanced as lithium ion solutions, but it's a lot cheaper and less prone to "runaway thermal incidents."
[Source: ECD Ovonics]

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