GM supports a small battery company in its attempt to create breakthrough technology that could make electric cars reach 100 or even 200 miles on a single charge.
The company is Newark, California-based Envia Systems and until now it has made a huge technological breakthrough regarding the amount of energy a lithium-ion battery can hold. GM is positive that the company can succeed in its plans to take an EV 100 miles in the following two years, and even 200 miles.
“I think we’ve got better than a 50-50 chance to develop a car that will go to 200 miles on a charge. That would be a game changer,” said GM CEO Dan Akerson.
Chevrolet Volt, GM’s only electric vehicle, can go 35 miles on a single charge and is provided with a small gas motor that helps the car going after that. There are few auto makers that offered their electric cars a range of over 100 miles. For example Tesla’s Model S can reach 300 miles, but it features a more powerful and larger battery, and can cost two times the price of a Volt. Other vehicles that can reach 100 miles are Ford’s Focus and Nissan’s Leaf, but this depends on the speed, terrain and temperature.