Following their successful March release of the Sonata, an eco-friendly lithium ion battery that powers 18 of HP’s current notebook models, Boston-Power today unveiled a new battery for use in electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Boston-Power says the new battery, which they call “Swing”, is similar to the Sonata and will set new benchmarks in energy density, long life, safety, weight, cost and environmental sustainability. “There are only a few changes on the Swing compared to the Sonata system,” said Boston-Power CEO Christina Lampe-Onnerud. “It’s exactly the same mechanical solution, and a slightly different chemistry.”
Along with the unveiling of “Swing”, Boston-Power also announced today plans to build a state of the art battery manufacturing facility in Auburn, Mass. As part of their plan, Boston-Power is banking on receiving approximately $100 million in federal funds from the $2 billion in stimulus money set aside for advance battery manufacturing facilities. “Massachusetts as a state has made a commitment to clean energy,” said Lampe-Onnerud. “We have wanted to do this for a long time and we couldn’t have picked a better time. President Obama and his team have basically opened a whole new industrial revolution in cleantech by allowing some federal funding to go into this segment, which otherwise would probably go to Asia,” she continued.
As noted in a previous post, the U.S. Department of Energy expected to announce the recipients of the stimulus money as soon as the end of July.
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