Cobasys Expands Facility for Nickel Metal Hydride and Lithium Systems Development

April 09, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

Cobasys confirmed the latest expansion of its headquarters in Orion, Michigan to facilitate additional advanced battery system development. The 18,860 square foot addition represents the company’s third expansion since moving into the facility in January 2005. The additional square footage will allow Cobasys to increase its Nickel Metal Hydride and lithium-based development activities as it assesses several leading lithium technologies.

Cobasys claims to be the only North American manufacturer supplying NiMH battery systems for HEV applications. The company has previously announced contract awards to supply advanced battery system solutions for seven major hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) production programs and one development program. These include providing battery systems for the Saturn Vue Green Line, Saturn Aura Green Line, the Chevrolet Malibu hybrid and a contract to develop lithium battery systems for the new General Motors plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) development program.

"The expansion of our testing center coupled with our efforts with leading lithium technologies enables customers to choose from our proven NiMH systems and evaluate a variety of lithium-ion solutions," stated Thomas S. Neslage, President and CEO. "The industry has come to view Cobasys as a world-class integrated energy storage system supplier for fuel efficient vehicles."

The Cobasys headquarters is the center for all of its research, module development, systems development, prototype build and administration activities. Completion for expansion is slated for July 2007.