Tyre manufacturers Michelin have joined forces with a Chinese battery manufacturer to produce power systems for electric vehicles. The companies will combine Michelin’s active wheel system and Guoan Mengguli’s (MGL) lithium ion batteries to produce a vehicle capable of traveling at speeds up to 87 mph. The power system is to be fitted to a small Chinese car, called the Lifan 520, which will be able to travel up to 80 miles before it requires recharging. Recharging takes four hours and the battery can be recharges 1,000 times. Mr Qi Lu, general manager at MGL says, “The electric power train system with Michelin’s active wheels can be supplied to automakers in China by the year end”. He claims that by 2009 the company could be supplying power to 18,000 electric cars.
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