USABC seeks RFPIs for advanced-battery projects

  • 05-Jan-2010 02:09 EST
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Daimler, with its Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID, was an early adopter of lithium-ion battery technology.

USABC (United States Advanced Battery Consortium) is seeking requests for proposal information (RFPIs) for four projects related to hybrid-electric, plug-in hybrid-electric, and full-electric vehicle applications.

The contracts will include a 50% minimum cost share by developers. Deadline for all of the RFPIs is Jan. 29.

One of the projects is for development of advanced high-performance batteries for full-electric vehicles. USABC seeks proposal information "to re-engage development activity for high energy-to-power-ratio batteries, specifically those which use a carbon-based material (e.g., graphite) as the negative electrode active material."

Another project is focused on advanced energy-storage systems for power-assisted hybrid-electric vehicles. The main technical challenges to be addressed include power density; self-discharge rate and desire to leave the system charged during storage and still meet life expectancy; system complexity; and cost targets.

The goal of the RFPI for the development of advanced high-performance batteries for plug-in hybrids is "to continue and extend development of USABC's existing battery-development programs, focusing on low-cost, long-life, high-energy, and high-power technologies."

The other RFPI seeks proposal information to develop the state of proposed technologies prior to consideration for a USABC Development Program and will require responding developers to have the capability to manufacture 36 cells or modules for testing.

For complete and detailed information on each of the RFPIs, visit the USABC pages of the United States Council for Automotive Research Web site at Interested parties may contact Eric Heim, USABC Business Manager, at

USABC is a consortium 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 fuel-cell, hybrid, and electric vehicles.

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