Cobasys Woes
That is assuming things go more smoothly for them than for Mercedes, who was counting on Cobasys to supply them with NiMH batteries for a planned hybrid version of their M-Class sport ute'.

The Birmingham News reports that the Germany company filed a lawsuit in federal court contending the Michigan-based battery maker (a spin-off of ECD that was originally co-owned with GM and known as GM-Ovonics) is "refusing to fulfill its commitment to produce" battery packs for the carmaker and failing to disclose that it is looking to be purchased.

In a very terse, matter-of-fact interview with Hybrid Cars.com, Cobasys president and CEO Tom Neslage sought to counter some of the negative publicity and speculation swirling around his company. For example: Is GM going to buy you? No comment.

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ECD Ovonics licenses NiMH battery tech to G4 Synergetics

Filed under: EV/Plug-in

ECD Ovonics, a pioneer in nickel metal hydride battery technology has agreed to license some of their patents to G4 Synergetics. G4 will pay royalties to Ovonics in order to build NiMH batteries consumer applications and potentially also Chinese scooter and bicycle applications. They won't be allowed to make batteries for any automotive or other transport uses.

[Source: ECD Ovonics]