Remember the first camcorders? Remember how frustratingly expensive, clunky, and limited they were? Of course you do. Today, you get better video footage from cell phones that fit in your pocket with room to spare, while also being able to take stills and feature enough battery life to survive a full day’s hike in Samariá Gorge. This type of technology growth isn’t relative, it’s present all around us. And for electric vehicles, the next leap in evolution might be just around the corner, according to GM CEO Dan Akerson.
What’s the catalyst? As it turns out, GM Ventures invested $7 million in startup Envia Systems at the beginning of this year, which has developed breakthrough technology involving the lithium-ion battery. Better still, the batteries are expected to be much more affordable than ones featured in today’s EVs, including the Chevy Volt. And if all goes according to plan, we could see the first 100-plus-mile-range electric vehicles from General Motors within 2-4 years. We’ll say 2015, to be on the safe side.
Will this technology make it into the next-generation Chevrolet Volt in time? Only time will tell.