Issue: Oct 2013


USABC ISSUES RFPI FOR DEVELOPMENT OF ADV. BATTERIES FOR 12V START-STOP



by Jon Knox

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 12-volt start-stop vehicle applications.

The RFPI, for consideration of contracts that will include a 50 percent minimum cost share, is for the development of advanced high-performance batteries for 12-volt start-stop vehicle applications. It is aimed at developers with electrochemical energy storage technologies that are capable of meeting or approaching the USABC long-term criteria for vehicle applications.

All developers submitting viable proposals will be required to have demonstration hardware and test results available. Applicants also will be required to submit a detailed schedule that indicates when full-scale 12V start-stop prototype hardware will be available as well as the developer’s commercialization plans.
The submission deadline is Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.

For complete and detailed information on the RFPI for the “Development of Advanced High-Performance Batteries for 12V Start-Stop 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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