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GM battery research in China leading to affordable electric cars

GM's large new battery research center in Shanghai China has reached a milestone in developing battery technology the company claims will enable affordable electric cars with longer driving range.

With all the uproar over Wanxiang's rescue of A123 Systems, there's another piece of battery manufacturing news in China that is worth considering. GM China has begun manufacturing prototype battery cells at its Advanced Technical Center in Shanghai. The move enables GM researchers to work on developing next generation vehicle battery systems, but also underscores the size of GM's operations in China and that company's collaboration with SAIC, one of China's largest automakers. The work at this center also validates recent statements by GM's CEO Dan Akerson over longer range electric cars.

In December 2011, GM announced the Advanced Technical Center, then under construction, would be ready to begin full operations in July 2012. The ATC first opened in September 2011, as one of GM's network of technical centers around the world. The company described the ATC as "the most comprehensive advanced automotive technology development center in China." Researchers at the ATC will work with the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), an already existing facility jointly owned by GM and SAIC, and the ATC will contain these labs: China Science Lab, Vehicle Engineering Lab, Advanced Powertrain Engineering Lab and Advanced Design Center.

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We do need more efforts to be put into making batteries more affordable... They are holding off grows of market penetration by electric vehicle. Nice to see that more and research done in China in this field!
GM receives 50billion dollars of taxpayer money in the form of a bailout... in addition to bailout money received GM is also allowed to pay ZERO Taxes for a undetermined number of years and this is what Americans receive in return Thanks for Nothing GM. I hope Journalists have a field day with this one

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