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Cooling Fins Help Keep Volt Battery at Right Temperature

WARREN, MI - Engineers of the four-seat Chevrolet Volt electric car often refer to its 435-pound battery pack as the fifth passenger. Given the care taken to keep the pack at just the right temperature in all weather conditions, there is a lot of truth to that.

GM Investment Aimed at Lowering EV Battery Costs

DETROIT - General Motors Ventures LLC has invested $7 million in Newark, Calif.-based Envia Systems to provide GM's battery engineering team with access to advanced lithium-ion cathode technology that delivers higher cell energy density and lower cost. In a separate agreement, GM has secured the right to use Envia's advanced cathode material for future GM electrically driven vehicles.

Nissan EV Battery Plant Under Construction

SMYRNA, TN - Construction is progressing on Nissan's manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tenn., which will produce lithium-ion batteries to power the all-electric Nissan Leaf vehicle. The Leaf will be produced at the facility beginning in late 2012.

Coda Appoints Former GM Exec Murtaugh as CEO

SANTA MONICA, CA - Coda Holdings, a California-based developer of advanced lithium-ion power battery systems and all-electric vehicles, has named Philip Murtaugh the company's new CEO. Murtaugh was also appointed a member of Coda's board of directors.

Dow Kokam Showcases EV Battery Technology

DETROIT - Advanced battery manufacturer Dow Kokam, which recently reached a deal to supply battery packs for a PVI electric refuse truck, is among the exhibiters at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

CODA Raises More Capital for EV Production

SANTA MONICA, CA - CODA Holdings, a developer of lithium-ion advanced battery systems and all-electric vehicles, announced the initial closing of a Series D preferred investment round totaling $76 million. This brings the company's total invested capital to more than $200 million.