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Atlanta Car Battery Developer Excellatron Offers Expertise at U. S. Department of Energy Workshop Seeking Ways to "Jumpstart" Electric Vehicle Adoption

Atlanta Car Battery Developer Excellatron Offers Expertise at U. S. Department of Energy Workshop Seeking Ways to "Jumpstart" Electric Vehicle Adoption

Lonnie Johnson, president and CEO of Excellatron Solid State LLC, Atlanta, joined about 30 leading battery experts at an historic U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) workshop this month to gather data for potential federal funding of electric car battery research and development.

Atlanta, Ga. (PRWEB) November 22, 2009

Lonnie Johnson, president and CEO of Excellatron Solid State LLC, Atlanta, joined about 30 leading battery experts at an historic U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) workshop this month to gather data for potential federal funding of electric car battery research and development.

The workshop, "Electrical Energy Storage For Vehicles," was sponsored by the DOE's Advanced Research Project Agency - Energy (ARPA - E) which is considering funding a car battery initiative.

The newly created ARPA-E's mission is to support high risk, high impact energy technology R&D to help enable rapid and dramatic reductions in U. S. greenhouse gas emissions and foreign energy imports and to help restore U. S. leadership in energy technology development.

According to the ARPA - E invitation to attend the conference, Excellatron's "leadership in advanced battery development, especially lithium air" was seen as "incredibly valuable" in helping ARPA-E "to get a strong start in this area."

"This was a significant and historic event for the entire electric vehicle industry," said Johnson. "The goal of the workshop was to gather information on the cost and performance metrics needed to drive the widespread adoption of electric cars and the innovative technologies currently available that have the greatest potential to impact the industry."

Excellatron was launched in 1998 and received support from the City of Atlanta's Empowerment Zone project. "The City of Atlanta provided a loan to a small startup and in doing so not only leveraged significantly larger amounts to launch revitalization of an inner city area, but also help us establish a leadership position in technology that is critical to the future of the entire world," said Dr. Johnson. "After years of tireless research, we are now on track to achieve our goal of making Atlanta the "Silicon Valley" energy development.

One of the chief complaints by car manufacturers (and the public) is the lack of a suitable battery technology to support long distance driving. Gasoline engines have to be included in hybrid vehicles to provide the needed long distance capability. The significance of Excellatron's advanced lithium air battery breakthrough is the potential to extend the current 40-mile all electric driving range to more than 1,000 miles on a single charge - 10 times better than the current lithium ion technology.

The company has received widespread support from a host of Georgia public officials including Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and several Georgia members of Congress including U. S. Reps. David Scott, Sanford Bishop, Hank Johnson, Jack Kingston, John Lewis and U. S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss

"I am very excited about the tremendous potential for Excellatron's technology to have an extraordinary impact in helping the country become energy self-sufficient," said Rep. Scott who has sponsored legislation seeking funding for the company. "Excellatron is well-positioned to help Atlanta and Georgia become a global centers of excellence for energy technology products and services."

Excellatron is seeking funding from both the private and public sectors to build a prototype lithium air battery capable of powering a vehicle. With sufficient funding, the company expects to complete the prototype by the end of 2010.

About Excellatron 
Founded in 1998, Excellatron Solid State LLC, develops innovative battery technologies for both commercial and military customers. The company developed the first flexible battery for smart cards. It also developed the world's first high temperature batteries that survive temperatures in excess of 150 degrees Celsius without exploding. Excellatron's latest breakthrough is a new lithium air battery that has the potential to enable electric vehicles to travel 1,000 miles on a single charge. 

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