GM Picks Two Suppliers for Volt Battery
Continental Automotive Systems and Compact Power, Inc. are the two suppliers chosen by GM. The value of the contracts was not revealed.
GM stated that the two companies have different pack integration and cell development technology platforms used in their batteries and that they were interested in seeing how each battery system would perform within the technical requirements of GM’s e-flex propulsion system.
The selection of the two suppliers is further evidence of the recent activity regarding the Volt. GM has faced skepticism from both the public and the press regarding the sincerity of its hybrid plug-in efforts, despite GM assurances that the program is being diligently pursued.
As a counterpoint, there are recent unconfirmed reports that General Motors is in fact devoting far more resources to the development of the Volt then previously stated by GM publicly. GM insiders have described the pace of activity concerning the e-flex propulsion system as “relentless” and “all-consuming”.