Ford Focus Electric battery packs – Click above for high-res image gallery
While lithium ion battery maker, Valence Technology has had a relationship with Smith Electric Vehicles since 2005 and were pursuing contracts with the newly-created Smith Electric Vehicles US Corp (SEV-US), we thought they might seem the logical choice of supplier for the American venture. We thought wrong. It has been announced that Kokam America will be the "partner of choice" for Smith Electric Vehicles US. With a strong market presence in the U.S. for the past 8 years, Kokam is a partner in
Just two days ago, the State of Michigan announced it was extending its previously announced tax breaks and incentives to lure high-tech battery makers to the state to $555 million. It seems that the bait has been snatched up today as four separate battery companies have just announced plans to build new plants in Michigan. Each of the four companies are expected to be granted $100 million in state tax credits.
Dale Vince of Ecotricity has posted some musings and video on his Zerocarbonista blog about the progress his team have made with his wind-power Exige we we're telling you about a few months back and things seem to be coming along quite nicely. His team seems to be more than up for the challenge of turning the gas-powered Lotus Exige into an electric vehicle capable of doing 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds. Of course, the Exige could already meet their top end goal of exceeding 100 mph but