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Old 06-14-2012, 09:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Why am asking this question? The reason being is the Chevy Volt is getting a battery upgrade. Battery capacity is being increased from 16 Kwh to 16.5 Kwh. This is a 3.1 % increase in charge capacity. This was done by altering the battery chemisty slightly. Why is this of interest to the Ford Focus Electric future owners? Because the same battery company Compact Power makes both batteries. If this technology could be applied to the Focus battery pack, it would increase the packs charge capacity from 23 Kwh to 23.7 Kwh. Bringing the Focus battery pack size closer to the Leafs 24 Kwh pack.

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Old 06-15-2012, 07:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Too bad it doesn't use an A123 Systems battery:

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A123 Systems has been on very shaky ground. The company has never made a profit since its stock went public. I bought their stock at $20 a share. The price has been free falling ever since I purchased the stock. It was selling as low as $0.88 a share. But has come up now to a $1.26 a share. This company has quality issues with their product resulting in a battery recall. It seems to me that the management doesn't know how to make a profit. This is a company that may not be here a year from now due to poor management.
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I doubt the expense and effort in the case of the Focus Electric would be worth it, adding 3 miles at best.
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This may be the way the new battery is made with no additional cost.
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