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Battery Maker Claims EVs Viable Now

Company founder wants to partner to create new innovations.

by on Aug.05, 2010

The EV future is bright with unnamed programs at makers.

Battery technology has advanced to the point that it is viable for powering vehicles and they could be in dozens of new electric vehicles within the next few years, the leader of a growing battery company said Thursday.

Christina Lampe-Onnerud, founder and CEO of Boston Power, called on those attending the Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City to join in developing the vehicles that will run on batteries.

Battery costs of $500 per kilowatt/hour are now low enough for BEVs to make sense when the total cost of ownership is considered, she claimed. Other industry estimates put cost of lithium ion batteries for automobiles at twice that – before any markup.

While she would not give figures for her own company because of its venture-capital funding, Lampe-Onnerud expects as many as 100,000 EVs on roads in as little as two years. And phone calls from consumers who want to know about EVs show the public is clamoring for them, she claimed.

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The company is currently building electric vehicle batteries for pilot programs, but she would not say how many the company has in production.