said today that more new cars will soon feature its new Absorbent Glass Mat
(AGM) battery as original equipment. It also plans to launch the new technology
in the automotive aftermarket “in the near future”.

The AGM battery is currently supplied to General Motors for the 2001 Corvette.
GM will also use it in future models, Delphi said in a statement.

The AGM battery is gas-recombinant, meaning the gases produced when the battery
is charging recombine in the sealed case to create water (H2O).

Absorbent glass mat (AGM) separators trap the gases where recombination occurs.
The battery is claimed to be maintenance-free and spill-proof and can be mounted
in any position.

Delphi says the AGM battery is completely recyclable while field experience
has shown that it can last up to twice as long as conventional flooded lead
acid batteries, partly because it performs better in extreme vibration and temperature

GM’s AGM batteries are assembled at Delphi’s Anaheim, California, plant. Meanwhile,
the company has already launched an aftermarket range for motorcycles in South
America through about 50 wholesale distributors in Brazil and MERCOSUR countries.

These batteries are made in a plant in Piracicaba, Brazil.

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