USCAR Awards Yet Another Contract For Nex-Gen Battery Technology


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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Sept. 4, 2014 – The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization operated by Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, today announced the award of a $667,452 advanced battery technology development contract for next-generation plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) applications to Xerion Advanced Battery Corporation of Westminster, Colo.

The competitively bid contract award is co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and includes a 50 percent Xerion cost-share.

The 15-month program will focus on the development of a battery cell technology with maximized energy density that meets USABC power density goals by optimizing cathode and anode design attributes including porosity, active material loading and area-specific impedance.

USABC is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR). Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. DOE, USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support commercialization of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles. In support of its mission, USABC has developed mid- and long-term goals to guide its projects and measure its progress. For more information, visit the USABC’s website at http://www.uscar.org/guest/article_view.php?articles_id=85

“We are pleased to announce the award of this contract to Xerion as part of USABC’s broad battery technology research and development programs,” said Steve Zimmer, executive director of USCAR. “These programs are essential to advance the technology needed to meet both near- and long-term goals that will enable increasingly efficient and affordable vehicle electrification.”

The U.S. DOE's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic and energy security of the United States. DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office works with industry, academia and national laboratories to develop advanced transportation technologies that reduce the nation's use of imported oil and increase its energy security. Electrochemical energy storage has been identified as a critical enabling technology for advanced, fuel-efficient, light and heavy-duty vehicles.

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USABC Awards $15 Million Battery Technology Development Contract to A123Systems



SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Dec. 8, 2006 – The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), an organization composed of DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation, today announced the award of a $15 million lithium iron phosphate battery technology development contract to A123Systems of Watertown, Mass.

USABC awarded the contract in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop lithium iron phosphate battery technology for hybrid-electric vehicle applications.  The contract is for 36 months with a focus on systems that are high-power, abuse-tolerant and cost effective.

USABC is a consortium of the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR).  Supported by a cooperative agreement with the DOE that provides up to 50 percent of the USABC budget, USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support commercialization of fuel cell, hybrid and electric vehicles. 

A123Systems’ contract involves developing the next-generation lithium iron phosphate battery.  The goals for this program are significant increases in power, reduction in cost, high abuse-tolerance and long battery life.

“We are pleased to announce USABC’s award of this contract to A123Systems as part of USABC’s broad battery technology research and development program,” said Don Walkowicz, executive director of USCAR. “The program is essential to advance both near- and long-term goals for hybrid-electric vehicle transportation.”

The new contract is A123Systems’ first with USABC.

The U.S. DOE's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic and energy security of the United States.  DOE’s Office of FreedomCAR & Vehicle Technologies works with industry to develop advanced transportation technologies that reduce the nation's use of imported oil and increase our energy security.  Electrochemical energy storage has been identified as a critical enabling technology for advanced, fuel-efficient, light and heavy duty vehicles. 

Founded in 1992, the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) is the umbrella organization for collaborative research among DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation.  The goal of USCAR is to further strengthen the technology base of the domestic auto industry through cooperative research and development.

USABC AWARDS $12.5 MILLION BATTERY TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT TO A123SYSTEMS



SOUTHFIELD, Mich., May 5, 2008 – The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), an organization whose members are Chrysler LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation, today announced the award of a $12.5 million plug-in hybrid electric battery technology development contract to A123Systems Inc. of Watertown, Mass.

USABC awarded the contract in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which previously announced the award, pending agreement on all terms and conditions. The 36-month contract is for the development of battery cell technology for plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle (PHEV) applications.

USABC is a division of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR). Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the DOE, USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support commercialization of fuel cell, hybrid and electric vehicles. 

A123Systems’ key program objectives for its lithium-ion battery technology will be to improve cell energy density to meet charge depleting requirements; reduce cell cost; test abuse tolerance for automotive applications; and demonstrate performance, cycle and calendar life.

“We are pleased to announce USABC’s award of this contract to A123Systems as part of USABC’s broad battery technology research and development program,” said Don Walkowicz, executive director of USCAR.  “The program is important to advancing both near- and long-term goals for plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle transportation.”

The new A123Systems contract follows research previously conducted with USABC to develop next-generation lithium-ion battery technology for hybrid-electric vehicle (HEV) applications. The goals for the new three-year program include significant increases in power, reduction in system cost, improvements in abuse-tolerance and extended battery life. Since its initiation in December 2006, the program has seen progress in all of these areas.

The U.S. DOE's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic and energy security of the United States. DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Program works with industry to develop advanced transportation technologies that reduce the nation's use of imported oil and increase our energy security. Electrochemical energy storage has been identified as a critical enabling technology for advanced, fuel-efficient, light and heavy duty vehicles. 

Founded in 1992, the USCAR is the umbrella organization for collaborative research among Chrysler, Ford and GM. The goal of USCAR is to further strengthen the technology base of the domestic auto industry through cooperative research and development.

USABC AWARDS $9.62 MILLION BATTERY TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT TO LG CHEM POWER INC.

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., July 25, 2011 –The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), an organization whose members are Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, today announced the award of a $9.62 million advanced battery technology development contract to LG Chem Power Inc. (LGCPI) in Troy, Mich.

The competitively bid contract award is co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and includes a 50 percent cost share by LGCPI. USABC awarded the contract to develop a self-contained, thermally-managed, lithium-ion battery pack system for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) applications.

The 24-month LGCPI program will utilize cells that incorporate advanced cathode materials and a thermal management system that incorporates refrigerant-based cooling, integrated heating and high efficiency insulation. The program aims to make significant strides toward achieving the USABC goals for PHEV 40-mile battery pack system performance requirements while driving down the cost to automakers toward the USABC goal of $3,400.

USABC is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR). Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the DOE, USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support commercialization of hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles. As such, USABC has developed mid- and long-term goals to guide its projects and measure its progress.

“We are pleased to announce the award of this contract to LG Chem Power Inc. as part of USABC’s broad battery technology research and development programs,” said Steve Zimmer, executive director of USCAR. “These programs are essential to advancing both near- and long-term goals that will enable a broad spectrum of vehicle electrification and make electrified vehicles increasingly affordable.”

The new contract is LG Chem Power’s fourth with USABC, which previously awarded the company, under its former name, Compact Power Inc., three contracts – one in 2008 for plug-in hybrid electric battery technology development, one in 2006 and one in 2004 to develop lithium-ion battery technology for hybrid electric vehicle applications.

The U.S. DOE's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic and energy security of the United States. DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Program works with industry, academia and national laboratories to develop advanced transportation technologies that reduce the nation's use of imported oil and increase its energy security. Electrochemical energy storage has been identified as a critical enabling technology for advanced, fuel-efficient, light and heavy-duty vehicles.

About USCAR

Founded in 1992, USCAR is the collaborative automotive technology company for Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors. The goal of USCAR is to further strengthen the technology base of the domestic auto industry through cooperative research and development. For more information, visit USCAR’s Web site at www.uscar.org.

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About USCAR

Founded in 1992, USCAR is the collaborative automotive technology company for Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors. The goal of USCAR is to further strengthen the technology base of the domestic auto industry through cooperative research and development. For more information, visit USCAR’s website at www.uscar.org

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