The Connecticut company that made lithium-ion batteries for the Mars rover is now turning its sights to earthbound vehicles.
Yardney Technical Products Inc. of Pawcatuck, Conn., has announced plans to create a joint venture with Coda Automotive to form Coda Battery Systems LLC to make lithium-ion batteries for a new electric-powered sedan.
The companies plan to build a plant in Enfield, Conn., that will employ up to 600 people. Manufacturing details have not been released. Lithium-ion batteries use a range of plastics for both function and packaging of battery cells.
Yardney now makes lithium-ion batteries for a variety of defense and aerospace uses, including NASA's Mars rover vehicles.
Coda Battery Systems has applied for a grant from the Department of Energy to help fund the factory.
Coda Automotive, based in Santa Monica, Calif., plans to begin selling a sedan in the United States by the end of 2010 that will meet U.S. safety standards and be capable of traveling about 100 miles at highway speeds on a single charge.
Coda grew out of the Miles Electric Vehicles brand of low-speed residential electric cars, under development by entrepreneur Miles Rubin. China's Harbin Hafei Automobile Group Industry Co. Ltd. will build the Coda sedans in a manufacturing partnership with the company. Chinese battery maker Tianjin Lishen Battery Co. will supply lithium-ion batteries until Coda Battery Systems begins production.