Issue: Jan 2014


USABC ISSUES RFPI FOR DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED HIGH-PERFORMANCE BATTERIES FOR 48V HEV APPLICATIONS



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 48-volt mild-hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) applications.

The RFPI, for consideration of contracts that will include a 50 percent minimum cost share, is focused on the development of advanced battery systems for emerging 48V HEV applications. It is aimed at developers with electrochemical energy storage technologies that are capable of meeting or approaching the USABC technology targets for FY 2020 commercialization.

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 48V HEV prototype hardware will be available as well as the developer’s commercialization plans.

The submission deadline is Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.

For complete and detailed information on the RFPI for the “Development of Advanced High-Performance Batteries for 48V Hybrid 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. In support of its mission, 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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