Hydro wants to build electric car

Canadian Press

Friday, September 20, 2002

Hydro-Quebec wants to enter into partnerships with manufacturers to market an electric automobile engine, utility president Andre Caille said Thursday.

Caille announced the desire for a collaboration as he inaugurated a new Avestor manufacturing plant for lithium-metal-polymer (LMP) batteries under a partnership with American company Kerr-McGee.

Caille said the utility wants to develop a partnership to minimize the risks associated with developing a production process.

Hydro-Quebec's research institute has developed three technologies that can be used for electric vehicles, including LMP. The first model of the battery being built in this town on Montreal's south shore will be used by the telecommunications sector.

Research to develop LMP for cars puts the company "months and months ahead of the competition", said Caille.

Canadian Press 2002

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