When a vehicle goes into the "auto stop" mode, the engine shuts down but all accessories stay running. As in some General Motors hybrids (the Saturn Vue and the Chevrolet Malibu, for example), a helper electric motor can also add torque to the internal-combustion engine. NiZn batteries would supply the power for these applications. Squiller wouldn't comment on which automotive manufacturers might first use PowerGenix NiZn technology, but the CEO hinted that it would be a company known for its "aggressive" pursuit of environmental technologies. Our bet is Honda and/or Mercedes-Benz.
AutomobileMag.com will keep you posted on future battery technology updates as they become available.