DETROIT – General Motors Co. has succeeded in squeezing hundreds of dollars out of the cost of the lithium-ion battery pack for its upcoming Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle, a top engineer says. Speaking at a conference on “The Business of Plugging In” hosted by the Ann Arbor, MI-based Center for Automotive Research, Jonathan J. Lauckner, vice president-global program management, gives what may be the first hint at the cost of the Volt’s battery, which has been the subject ...

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