Wall Street Journal
Sonny Wu, Chairman and Acting CEO of Boston-Power, talks about the electric vehicle batteries his company is building in China.
Despite the hip advertising seen in the U.S. for electric cars such as the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf, analysts indicate that the vehicles will only make up a small percentage of the market for years to come. But a recent deal between a Boston-based battery maker and a major Chinese auto company shows that a strong movement is underway that could soon make China the center of the electric vehicle world.
Boston-Power Inc., a closely held maker of lithium-ion batteries, will provide systems to a unit of Beijing Automotive Industry Co. for an electric car that will be available in China this year.
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Boston-Power, Inc., a provider of next-generation lithium-ion battery cells, modules and systems (earlier post), has entered a multi-year agreement to provide lithium-ion battery systems to Beijing Electric Vehicle Company (BJEV), the electric vehicle delivery arm of Beijing Automotive Industry Company (BAIC). The two companies, which have a long-standing working relationship, project that Boston-Power’s battery systems will be used in hundreds of electric vehicles (EVs) starting in 2012 and thousands of EVs by 2014.
Boston Business Journal
...Westborough, Mass.-based battery maker Boston-Power Inc. and two European partners say they have worked together to develop two new high-performance electric vehicles based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Boston-Power, UK-based electric engine maker Protean Electric and German automobile tuner BRABUS made the announcement at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Frankfurt Germany.
...Boston-Power, supplier of the ePower's battery pack, revealed that its Swing 4400 cells provides the punch for Saab's EV. The Swing cells are not Saab-specific and are already available at a mass-production level.
Well, it looks like HP is no longer your only option to get Boston-Power's "game-changing" Sonata batteries -- ASUS has just announced that it will be offering the long-life lithium-ion batteries as standard equipment on its new B series laptops. Those come in both 14.1-inch and 15.6-inch versions -- the B43 and B53, respectively -- and are available with your choice of Core i5 or Core i7 processors, ATI Mobility Radeon 5470 or integrated Intel graphics, 2GB or 4GB of RAM, a standard 320GB hard drive, and ATI Eyefinity support to accommodate two additional displays. As for those Sonata batteries, while they won't last much longer in day-to-day use, they do promises to work at 80% of their capacity for three years, which is backed up by a three-year warranty. Look for the B53 to hit retailers immediately starting at $1,099, while the B43 is said to be coming "in the near future" for an unspecified price.
While they've been doing quite well selling their Sonata laptop batteries, Boston Power would really like to get their automotive market mojo rising since, so far, they've only managed to get their lithium Swing cells into an all-electric ZE Saab 9-3, the product of a small consortium that includes the troubled Swedish automaker. Clearly the company has more ambition than that and so, to attract the consideration they crave, they've gone out and persuaded someone with serious credentials to sit on their Board of Directors, Robert Purcell.