Issue: Aug 2013


USABC AWARDS $1.99 MILLION START-STOP BATTERY TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT TO SAFT AMERICA



by Jon Knox

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 $1.99 million 12-volt start-stop battery technology development contract to Saft America Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla.

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

The 12-month contract will focus on development of an advanced, high-performance battery for 12-volt start-stop vehicle applications based on Saft’s advanced lithium-ion battery technologies.

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, electric and fuel cell vehicles. 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 Saft 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 vehicle electrification.”

The new Saft contract follows research previously conducted with USABC to develop lithium-ion battery systems 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 organization 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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