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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Aug. 15, 2016 – The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, has issued a request for proposal information (RFPI) for a battery-electrified vehicle benchmarking study.

The RFPI is aimed at service providers with engineering capabilities and resources needed to benchmark the operation and performance of an advanced energy storage system on a state-of-the-art electrified vehicle. The work may include vehicle-level testing as well as component level testing and teardown. Respondents must propose a credible testing plan with associated breakdown costs of each task.  The test plan must meet all of the USABC benchmarking goals.

Engineering service providers are expected to bring past experience and lessons learned from their battery and benchmarking work to support the development of their test plan.

All engineering service providers submitting proposals will be required to demonstrate that they have the potential to develop a viable testing plan and provide engineering and testing support to meet the benchmarking requirements.

The deadline for submission is Monday, Oct. 17, 2016.

For complete and detailed information on the RFPI for the “Battery Electrified Vehicle Benchmarking Study,” visit the USABC pages of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR) website at www.uscar.org/usabc. In addition, service providers may contact Maureen LaHote, USABC business manager at mlahote@uscar.org

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.

About the U.S. DOE

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.

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Founded in 1992, USCAR is the collaborative automotive technology company for FCA US 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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