French, US firms ally for electric car batteries

Sep 22, 2009
Two electric cars are pictured in Paris in 2005. French industrial group Dassault and US joint venture Dow Kokam on Tuesday announced a preliminary agreement on a partnership to create batteries for electric and hybrid cars.

French industrial group Dassault and US joint venture Dow Kokam on Tuesday announced a preliminary agreement on a partnership to create batteries for electric and hybrid cars.

"This strategic partnership with Dassault highlights Dow Kokam's intent to accelerate the supply of vehicle-ready battery systems to grow the market," Heinz Haller, a Dow Kokam board member, said in a statement.

The two companies have already been working together since 2008 and have jointly developed Cleanbat, a battery system technology for lithium-ion batteries with liquid-cooled thermal management and high precision electronics.

have been a centrepiece at this month's Frankfurt auto show, where an array of top auto companies, including German giant Volkswagen and US giant Ford, displayed new electric and hybrid models.

(c) 2009 AFP

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Lord_jag
not rated yet Sep 28, 2009
No mention of Canada... Where are we? Just sitting around and waiting to become a 2nd world country?
jerryd
not rated yet Oct 14, 2009

Good news, Kokam has a very good cell, flat like a legal writing pad. If they can bring down the cost it will do great.