It appears that Magna Steyr wants to expand their horizons in the wake of losing the BMW X3
assembly business. At the Advanced Automotive Battery and Ultracapacitor Conference (AABC), Battery Systems Product Manager Peter Pichler announced that series production of Magna's lithium ion battery packs would be in production in 2009. The initial packs will use cylindrical cells while packs with prismatic cells would enter production in 2010. The first packs for mild hybrids
will be air-cooled but full hybrid packs will liquid cooled. So far Magna has used cells supplied by Saft but other cell manufacturers will also get a chance.