GM Picks Two Suppliers for Volt Battery

General Motors has announced today that they have selected two lithium-ion battery suppliers from a list of 13 bidders vying to provide the battery systems for the Chevrolet Volt. One or both suppliers may supply battery systems to the plug-in hybrid Volt and its e-flex propulsion system when it reaches production. The earliest forecasted production date is still 2010, according to General Motors.

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”.

Author: Brendan Moore

Brendan Moore is a Principal Consultant with Cedar Point Consulting , a management consulting practice based in the Washington, DC area. He also manages Autosavant Consulting, a separate practice within Cedar Point Consulting. where he advises businesses connected to the auto industry. Cedar Point Consulting can be found at http://www.cedarpointconsulting.com.

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5 Comments

  1. I’m glad to see it. Maybe the sleeping giant is finally rousing itself, and will rejoin the ranks of auto companies that innovate.

  2. If all of this works, GM will have quite a hit on their hands. They won’t know how to act, will they? They’re not used to praise from the press and environmentalists, so that would be a new experience for them. I hope it comes out as soon as possible.

  3. When are you guys ever going to learn? GM is just going through the motions, trying to appease the critics of their gas-guzzling SUV and truck product line. This just provides political cover for them. They’re going to keep doing what they’ve always done: selling huge vehicles that get lousy gas mileage. Wake up and smell the coffee!

  4. goggly, times change, people change, and so do companies. I’m willing to give GM the benefit of the doubt. I think they’re working pretty hard on the Volt because I think they believe they have to. Not for environmental reasons, but for business reasons.

  5. I’m all for the technology, but I hope they put it in something that doesn’t look so boy-racer. How about a more elegant design?

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