Battery developers are white-hot commodities in Detroit
Updated 1/26/2007 4:07 PM ET
By Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY
ORION, Mich. — The new rock stars of the auto industry aren't producing the quickest sports coupes or the sleekest sedans.
They are the handful of high-tech companies racing to develop a new breed of a historically unsexy product, the battery, that is revolutionizing the way that vehicles work.
One of them Cobasys is , located in this Detroit suburb. The company makes batteries that power today's gas-electric hybrid vehicles, such as the Saturn Vue. But it is also jointly developing the next wave of batteries, those that will be needed for plug-in hybrids, which can recharge overnight from a wall socket.