Issue: Sep 2013


USABC ISSUES RFPI FOR DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED HIGH-PERFORMANCE BATTERIES FOR EV APPLICATIONS



The submission deadline is Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.

by Claudio Francisco

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization operated by Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, has issued a request for proposal information (RFPI) for the development of advanced high-performance batteries for electric vehicle (EV) applications.

The RFPI, for consideration of contracts that will include a 50 percent minimum cost share, is aimed at developers with electrochemical energy storage technologies that are capable of meeting or approaching USABC’s commercialization criteria for cells and/or systems by FY 2020 (www.uscar.org/usabc).

The RFPI is focused on the development of high-energy-to-power-ratio batteries. The intended R&D approach is to develop an advanced energy storage cell first and then, if justified by the integration system experience, build a system based on state-of-the-art-technologies to meet or surpass USABC’s technical requirements.

Among the criteria, all developers submitting proposals will be required to have demonstration hardware and test results available. They also will need to demonstrate the potential to develop a commercially viable business that can produce sufficient volumes and provide engineering and testing support to meet automotive and implementation requirements.

The submission deadline is Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.

For complete and detailed information on the RFPI for the “Development of Advanced High-Performance Batteries for Electric Vehicle Applications,” visit the USABC pages of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR) website at www.uscar.org/usabc. Additionally, developers may contact Eric Heim, USABC business manager, at eric@eheimconsulting.com

USABC is a subsidiary of USCAR. Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy, USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support commercialization of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles. As such, USABC has developed mid- and long-term goals to guide its projects and measure its progress.

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.

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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