Announced today, Volkswagen Group have entered into a dynamic partnership with Sanyo to develop extremely efficient high-performance storage systems based on lithium-ion technology.

Announced today, Volkswagen Group have entered into a dynamic partnership with Sanyo to develop extremely efficient high-performance storage systems based on lithium-ion technology. The effort will look to build on existing technology to create zero-emissions electrical powered cars and will look to utilize energy recovery which is normally lost with Braking being one of the most common known issues in this area.

"Our focus in future, will be directed more strongly at making electrically powered automobiles alongside ones driven by more efficient combustion engines,” commented Prof Martin Winterkorn, CEO of the Volkswagen Group.

VW recently displayed its Golf TDI Hybrid Concept at the Geneva Motor Show, which demonstrated the energy reduction potential with its combination of combustion and electric drive or using E-drive technology. The same technology was also used in the Audi A1 project quattro which was designed to cover distances of 100km/h.

We should expect to see the new lithium-ion technology make its way to production cars for the first time in 2010.

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