BLOG: David Sedgwick

Why standard batteries are a tough sell for automakers

Posted 11:23 am U.S. ET, Aug. 4
blogs David Sedgwick is an Automotive News special correspondent.
 
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- There's a simple way to reduce EV battery costs without using any exotic new technologies, but it’s a tough sell for automakers. If automakers decided to use the same basic battery cell, they could enjoy economies of scale that now elude the industry. Consider the battery cell produced by South Korea's LG Chem for the Chevrolet Volt. The sec ...
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Conti's Cruising Chauffeur: The beauty of 2 of everything

Posted 3:58 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 4
If Continental AG is right about driverless cars, the trick to the technology is to have at least two of everything. Two electronic control units, two brake actuators, two sets of cameras and two sets of radar. Just in case. The German supplier tried this system - dubbed Cruising Chauffeur - in a refitted Chrysler 300 that has logged 40,000 miles. The vehicle was on disp ...
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