Advanced batteries have the juice

Dear Reader,

Here at the Built by Michigan coalition, we get excited about the plug-in vehicles bringing jobs and business to our state here. But sometimes we forget to give the same attention to the key component of electric vehicles that sit quietly “under the hood”-- the batteries. And yes, the advanced battery industry has also found a home in Michigan.

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Well, we got a fresh look last week at the Battery Show in Novi, an annual event that brings together more than 3,000 scientists, engineers and industry leaders to talk about the very latest power solutions for electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as other battery applications.

And maybe it was just a coincidence, but it seemed that a lot of good news came out from manufacturers with big battery investments in Michigan the same week.

For example, GM showed off the $20 million expansion to their Global Battery Systems Lab in Warren, which tripled its size and promises to accelerate the development and research of electrified vehicles. The lab at GM’s Warren Tech Center grew by 50,000 square feet and is now the largest battery lab in North America owned and operated by a major auto manufacturer.

The same day at the Battery Show, the CEO of LG Chem, which has big investments in Holland, said that the lithium ion battery is “on the right slope” to becoming a feasible, mass-marketed option for automakers because of developments in reducing costs and increasing capacity, according to a report in the Automotive News.

I’m sure it helps that August was a record month for plug-in electric and hybrid vehicle sales (see story below). Increased demand for advanced batteries help to bring down manufacturing costs, as well as attract more research and development dollars.

But at the same time, building better and lower cost batteries will be key to broadening consumer interest in plug-in vehicles, and we’ve got a good start going here in Michigan.

Let’s keep pouring on the juice.

As always, thanks for all you do,

 

cgCharles Griffith
Climate & Energy Program Director
The Ecology Center 

- See more at: http://www.builtbymichigan.org/newsletter/2013/05/still-time-stop-ev-tax-and-new-report-links-renewable-energy-ev-performance#sthash.8k1oVhnG.dpuf

Thanks for all you do,

cgCharles Griffith
Climate & Energy Program Director
The Ecology Center 

- See more at: http://www.builtbymichigan.org/newsletter/2013/05/still-time-stop-ev-tax-and-new-report-links-renewable-energy-ev-performance#sthash.8k1oVhnG.dpuf

Thanks for all you do,

cgCharles Griffith
Climate & Energy Program Director
The Ecology Center 

- See more at: http://www.builtbymichigan.org/newsletter/2013/05/still-time-stop-ev-tax-and-new-report-links-renewable-energy-ev-performance#sthash.8k1oVhnG.dpuf

 

cgCharles Griffith
Climate & Energy Program Director
The Ecology Center

As always, thanks for all you do,

 

cgCharles Griffith
Climate & Energy Program Director
The Ecology Center 

- See more at: http://www.builtbymichigan.org/newsletter/2013/05/still-time-stop-ev-tax-and-new-report-links-renewable-energy-ev-performance#sthash.8k1oVhnG.dpuf

Thanks for all you do,

cgCharles Griffith
Climate & Energy Program Director
The Ecology Center 

- See more at: http://www.builtbymichigan.org/newsletter/2013/05/still-time-stop-ev-tax-and-new-report-links-renewable-energy-ev-performance#sthash.8k1oVhnG.dpuf

Thanks for all you do,

cgCharles Griffith
Climate & Energy Program Director
The Ecology Center 

- See more at: http://www.builtbymichigan.org/newsletter/2013/05/still-time-stop-ev-tax-and-new-report-links-renewable-energy-ev-performance#sthash.8k1oVhnG.dpuf

 

cgCharles Griffith
Climate & Energy Program Director
The Ecology Center 

- See more at: http://www.builtbymichigan.org/newsletter/2013/08/what-make-volt-price-cut-its-good-news-jobs-good-news-consumers-good-news-environ#sthash.wd4EGAtE.dpuf

As always, thanks for all you do,

 

cgCharles Griffith
Climate & Energy Program Director
The Ecology Center 

- See more at: http://www.builtbymichigan.org/newsletter/2013/05/still-time-stop-ev-tax-and-new-report-links-renewable-energy-ev-performance#sthash.8k1oVhnG.dpuf

Thanks for all you do,

cgCharles Griffith
Climate & Energy Program Director
The Ecology Center 

- See more at: http://www.builtbymichigan.org/newsletter/2013/05/still-time-stop-ev-tax-and-new-report-links-renewable-energy-ev-performance#sthash.8k1oVhnG.dpuf

Thanks for all you do,

cgCharles Griffith
Climate & Energy Program Director
The Ecology Center 

- See more at: http://www.builtbymichigan.org/newsletter/2013/05/still-time-stop-ev-tax-and-new-report-links-renewable-energy-ev-performance#sthash.8k1oVhnG.dpuf

 

cgCharles Griffith
Climate & Energy Program Director
The Ecology Center 

- See more at: http://www.builtbymichigan.org/newsletter/2013/08/what-make-volt-price-cut-its-good-news-jobs-good-news-consumers-good-news-environ#sthash.wd4EGAtE.dpuf