Specialty chemical manufacturer Degussa started producing lithium ion battery electrodes at a plant in Germany in late 2006. Later this month at the SAE World Congress the company will be showing off a Honda Civic Hybrid
carrying a lithium ion battery in place of it's production nickel metal hydride unit. The battery in the vehicle uses large format electrodes made by Degussa and the car already has almost 25,000 miles of real world testing.
In addition to their battery products the display will also show off Degussa's adhesives products. The special glue can be used to join parts of the structure and chassis instead of welding. The properties of using adhesives to assemble a structure allow a weight reduction of 25kg for every one kg of the adhesive. Weight reduction is critical to making electric cars
viable because of the extra weight of batteries.