Battery

USABC ANNOUNCES $2 MILLION LITHIUM-ION BATTERY RECYCLING PROGRAM WITH AMERICAN BATTERY TECHNOLOGY COMPANY

USABC ANNOUNCES $2 MILLION LITHIUM-ION BATTERY RECYCLING PROGRAM WITH AMERICAN BATTERY TECHNOLOGY COMPANY 1200 600 USCAR

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Oct. 26, 2021 – The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) today announced a $2 million lithium-ion (Li-ion) recycling development program, “Strategic Collaboration for the Development of a Self-Sustaining Model for the Recycling of Large-Format Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) Batteries,” with   American Battery Technology Company (ABTC) in Fernley, Nevada.

The contract award, which includes a 75 percent cost share by the ABTC-led project team, funds a 30-month project that begins this month. The program’s goal is to demonstrate a scaled, fully-domestic, integrated processing cycle for the universal recycling of Li-ion batteries in coordination with partners in the battery supply chain.

USABC is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR). Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that advance commercialization of next generation electrified vehicle applications. In support of its mission, USABC has developed mid- and long-term goals to guide its projects and measure its progress.  For more information, visit www.uscar.org/usabc.

“This battery recycling program with ABTC is part of USABC’s broad battery technology research and development program,” said Steve Zimmer, executive director of USCAR. “Programs like this are critical to advancing the technology needed to meet both near- and long-term goals that will enable broader scale vehicle electrification.”

About DOE

The Department of Energy is committed to pushing the frontiers of science and engineering, catalyzing clean energy jobs through research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D), and ensuring environmental justice and inclusion of disadvantaged communities. DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office plays a leading role to decarbonize the transportation sector and address the climate crisis by driving innovation within and deployment of clean transportation technologies. To learn more about the Department’s work with industry, academia, and other partners on advanced vehicle technologies, please visit the Vehicle Technologies Office website http://www.energy.gov/eere/vehicles/vehicle-technologies-office.

About USCAR

USCAR is the collaborative automotive technology company for Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Stellantis. 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 www.uscar.org.

All USCAR Member companies have joined in becoming signatories of the Responsible Raw Materials Initiative (RRMI, now part of the Responsible Minerals Initiative, RMI) Declaration of Support.

 

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USABC AWARDS $487,310 BEYOND LITHIUM-ION TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT PROGRAM CONTRACT TO ION STORAGE SYSTEMS

USABC AWARDS $487,310 BEYOND LITHIUM-ION TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT PROGRAM CONTRACT TO ION STORAGE SYSTEMS 1200 600 USCAR

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Aug. 11, 2021 – The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), today announced the award of a $487,310 contract to Ion Storage Systems in College Park, Maryland for a beyond lithium-ion technology assessment program.

The contract award, which includes a 50 percent cost share, funds a 15-month project that began earlier this year. The program’s focus is to demonstrate Ion Storage Systems’ high-rate, high-energy density, solid state batteries as a safe and versatile option for a wide operating range of automotive applications. This is Ion Storage Systems’ first contract with USABC.

Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that enable widespread commercialization in vehicle applications. In support of its mission, USABC has developed mid- and long-term goals to guide its projects and measure its progress. For more information, visit http://www.uscar.org/usabc.

“This beyond lithium-ion technology assessment program contract with Ion Storage Systems is part of USABC’s broad battery technology research and development program,” said Steve Zimmer, executive director of USCAR. “Programs like this are critical to advancing the technology needed to meet both near- and long-term goals that will enable broader scale vehicle electrification.”

About DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy’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 improve energy efficiency, increase energy security, and reduce operating cost for consumers and business. Electrochemical energy storage has been identified as a key enabling technology for advanced, fuel-efficient, light and heavy-duty vehicles.

About USCAR
Founded in 1992, 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 www.uscar.org.

All USCAR Member companies have joined in becoming signatories of the Responsible Raw Materials Initiative (RRMI, now part of the Responsible Minerals Initiative, RMI) Declaration of Support.

USABC AWARDS $7.5 MILLION PRE-LITHIATION EV BATTERY CELL TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT TO APPLIED MATERIALS

USABC AWARDS $7.5 MILLION PRE-LITHIATION EV BATTERY CELL TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT TO APPLIED MATERIALS 1200 600 USCAR

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., May 19, 2021 –The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), today announced the award of a $7.5 million technology development contract to Applied Materials, Inc. in Santa Clara, California for an advanced lithium-ion battery based on pre-lithiated silicon-graphite technology for electric vehicles (EV).

The contract award, which includes a 51.2 percent cost share, funds a 24-month project that began earlier this year. The program’s goal is to develop a roll-to-roll (R2R) pre-lithiation system for high-volume manufacturing. As part of the program, Applied Materials will work with battery manufacturers to demonstrate the technology for use in EVs.

Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support widespread commercialization in vehicle applications. In support of its mission, USABC has developed mid- and long-term goals to guide its projects and measure its progress. For more information, visit http://www.uscar.org/usabc.

“This pre-lithiation EV battery cell technology development contract award with Applied Materials is part of USABC’s broad battery technology research and development program,” said Steve Zimmer, executive director of USCAR. “Programs like this are critical to advancing the technology needed to meet both near- and long-term goals that will enable broader scale vehicle electrification.”

About DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy’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 improve energy efficiency, increase energy security, and reduce operating cost for consumers and business. Electrochemical energy storage has been identified as a key enabling technology for advanced, fuel-efficient, light and heavy-duty vehicles.

About USCAR
Founded in 1992, 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 www.uscar.org.

All USCAR Member companies have joined in becoming signatories of the Responsible Raw Materials Initiative (RRMI, now part of the Responsible Minerals Initiative, RMI) Declaration of Support.

USABC AWARDS $2 MILLION BATTERY RECYCLING TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT TO WPI

USABC AWARDS $2 MILLION BATTERY RECYCLING TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT TO WPI 1200 600 USCAR

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., May 13, 2021 – The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), today announced the award of a $2 million contract to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts for battery recycling technology development.

The contract award, which includes a 50 percent cost share, funds a phase III, 36-month project with WPI that began in March. The program’s focus is to lower the cost and improve the performance of recycled battery cathode materials relative to equivalent commercially sourced materials. The Phase III program will focus on a higher nickel content material (versus Phase II) while also increasing the recycled content of the recycled material.

USABC is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR). Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that enable widespread commercialization in vehicle applications. In support of its mission, USABC has developed mid- and long-term goals to guide its projects and measure progress. For more information, visit http://www.uscar.org/usabc.

“This battery recycling contract with WPI is part of USABC’s broad battery technology research and development program,” said Steve Zimmer, executive director of USCAR. “Programs like this are critical to advancing the technology needed to meet both near- and long-term goals that will enable broader scale vehicle electrification.”

About DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy’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 improve energy efficiency, increase energy security, and reduce operating cost for consumers and business. Electrochemical energy storage has been identified as a key enabling technology for advanced, fuel-efficient, light and heavy-duty vehicles.

About USCAR
Founded in 1992, 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 www.uscar.org.

All USCAR Member companies have joined in becoming signatories of the Responsible Raw Materials Initiative (RRMI, now part of the Responsible Minerals Initiative, RMI) Declaration of Support.

USABC AWARDS $4.1 MILLION LOW-COST/FAST-CHARGE EV BATTERY TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT TO FARASIS ENERGY USA

USABC AWARDS $4.1 MILLION LOW-COST/FAST-CHARGE EV BATTERY TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT TO FARASIS ENERGY USA 1200 600 USCAR

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., May 6, 2021 – The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), today announced the award of a $4.1 million technology development contract to Farasis Energy USA in Hayward, California for a low-cost/fast-charge (LC/FC) electric vehicle (EV) battery program.

The contract award, which includes a 50 percent cost share, funds a 36-month project that began on Feb. 4. The program’s goal is to develop LC/FC lithium-ion batteries using advanced electrode materials, electrolyte and cell design. This is Farasis Energy’s second contract award from USABC.

USABC is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR). Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support widespread commercialization in vehicle applications. In support of its mission, USABC has developed mid- and long-term goals to guide its projects and measure its progress. For more information, visit http://www.uscar.org/usabc.

“The low-cost/fast-charge EV battery technology development contract award with Farasis Energy is part of USABC’s broad battery technology research and development program,” said Steve Zimmer, executive director of USCAR. “Programs like this are critical to advancing the technology needed to meet both near- and long-term goals that will enable broader scale vehicle electrification.”

About DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy’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 improve energy efficiency, increase energy security, and reduce operating cost for consumers and business. Electrochemical energy storage has been identified as a key enabling technology for advanced, fuel-efficient, light and heavy-duty vehicles.

About USCAR
Founded in 1992, 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 www.uscar.org.

All USCAR Member companies have joined in becoming signatories of the Responsible Raw Materials Initiative (RRMI, now part of the Responsible Minerals Initiative, RMI) Declaration of Support.

 

USABC AWARDS $367,799 LOW-COST/FAST-CHARGE EV TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT PROGRAM CONTRACT TO ENPOWER INC.

USABC AWARDS $367,799 LOW-COST/FAST-CHARGE EV TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT PROGRAM CONTRACT TO ENPOWER INC. 1200 600 USCAR

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., March 18, 2021 – The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), today announced the award of a $367,799 contract to EnPower Inc. in Phoenix for a low-cost/fast-charge (LC/FC) electric vehicle (EV) technology assessment program.

The contract award, which includes a 50 percent cost share, funds a nine-month project that began last month. The program’s focus is to demonstrate EnPower’s multilayer electrode technology of an EV-class energy cell to meet USABC’s fast-charge targets. This is EnPower’s first contract with USABC.

USABC is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR). Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that enable widespread commercialization in vehicle applications. In support of its mission, USABC has developed mid- and long-term goals to guide its projects and measure its progress. For more information, visit http://www.uscar.org/usabc.

“The low-cost/fast-charge technology assessment program contract with EnPower is part of USABC’s broad battery technology research and development program,” said Steve Zimmer, executive director of USCAR. “Programs like this are critical to advancing the technology needed to meet both near- and long-term goals that will enable broader scale vehicle electrification.”

About DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy’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 improve energy efficiency, increase energy security, and reduce operating cost for consumers and business. Electrochemical energy storage has been identified as a key enabling technology for advanced, fuel-efficient, light and heavy-duty vehicles.

About USCAR

Founded in 1992, 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 www.uscar.org.

All USCAR Member companies have joined in becoming signatories of the Responsible Raw Materials Initiative (RRMI, now part of the Responsible Minerals Initiative, RMI) Declaration of Support.

USABC AWARDS $732,448 BATTERY TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT PROGRAM CONTRACT TO NANORAMIC LABORATORIES

USABC AWARDS $732,448 BATTERY TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT PROGRAM CONTRACT TO NANORAMIC LABORATORIES 1200 600 USCAR

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Feb. 10, 2021 – The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), today announced the award of a $732,448 technology assessment program contract to Nanoramic Laboratories in Boston, Massachusetts to demonstrate Nanoramic’s high energy and power density lithium-ion battery based on polymer binder-free electrode technology in electric vehicle (EV) applications.

The contract award, which includes a 50 percent cost share, funds a six-month project that began last month. The program’s goal is to assess the properties and performance of Nanoramic’s Neocarbonix™ to develop low-cost/fast-charge batteries for EV application.

Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), 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. For more information, visit http://www.uscar.org/usabc.

“This technology assessment program with Nanoramic is part of USABC’s broad battery technology research and development program,” said Steve Zimmer, executive director of USCAR. “Programs like this are critical to advancing the technology needed to meet both near- and long-term goals that will enable broader scale vehicle electrification.”

About DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy’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 improve energy efficiency, increase energy security, and reduce operating cost for consumers and business. Electrochemical energy storage has been identified as a key enabling technology for advanced, fuel-efficient, light and heavy-duty vehicles.

About USCAR
Founded in 1992, USCAR’s goal is to further strengthen the technology base of the domestic auto industry through cooperative research and development. For more information, visit www.uscar.org.
All USCAR Member companies have joined in becoming signatories of the Responsible Raw Materials Initiative (RRMI, now part of the Responsible Minerals Initiative, RMI) Declaration of Support.

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USABC AWARDS $1.04 MILLION BATTERY TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT PROGRAM CONTRACT TO MICROVAST INC.

USABC AWARDS $1.04 MILLION BATTERY TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT PROGRAM CONTRACT TO MICROVAST INC. 1200 600 USCAR

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Nov. 16, 2020 – The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), and a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, today announced the award of a $1.04 million technology assessment program contract to Microvast, Inc., in Stafford, Texas, to assess the properties and performance of Microvast’s aramid separator in Li-ion battery cells.

The contract award, which includes a 50 percent cost share, funds a 10-month project that began earlier this year. The program’s goal is to test and evaluate Microvast’s aramid separator in Li-ion battery cells and modules and compare its performance to state-of-the-art commercial ceramic-coated polyolefin separators.

Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), 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.  For more information, visit http://www.uscar.org/usabc.

“This technology assessment program with Microvast is part of USABC’s broad battery technology research and development program,” said Steve Zimmer, executive director of USCAR. “Programs like this are critical to advancing the technology needed to meet both near- and long-term goals that will enable broader scale vehicle electrification.”

About DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy’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 improve energy efficiency, increase energy security, and reduce operating cost for consumers and business. Electrochemical energy storage has been identified as a key enabling technology for advanced, fuel-efficient, light and heavy-duty vehicles.

About USCAR

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 www.uscar.org.

All USCAR Member companies have joined in becoming signatories of the Responsible Raw Materials Initiative (RRMI, now part of the Responsible Minerals Initiative, RMI) Declaration of Support.

USABC AWARDS $919,000 ACTIVE MATERIAL COATING TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT CONTRACT TO PHYSICAL SCIENCES INC.

USABC AWARDS $919,000 ACTIVE MATERIAL COATING TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT CONTRACT TO PHYSICAL SCIENCES INC. 1200 600 USCAR

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), and a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, today announced the award of a $919,000 contract to Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) in Andover, Massachusetts for an active material coating technology assessment.

The contract award, which includes a 50 percent cost share, funds an 18-month project that began last year. The program will evaluate PSI cells against electric vehicle requirements to determine whether its active material coating technology improves cell level energy density and lowers cell cost.

USABC is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR). Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), 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.  For more information, visit http://www.uscar.org/usabc.

“The technology assessment contract award with PSI is part of USABC’s broad battery technology research and development program,” said Steve Zimmer, executive director of USCAR. “Programs like this are critical to advancing the technology needed to meet both near- and long-term goals that will enable broader scale vehicle electrification.”

About DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy’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 improve energy efficiency, increase energy security, and reduce operating cost for consumers and business. Electrochemical energy storage has been identified as a key enabling technology for advanced, fuel-efficient, light and heavy-duty vehicles.

About USCAR

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 www.uscar.org.

All USCAR Member companies have joined in becoming signatories of the Responsible Raw Materials Initiative (RRMI, now part of the Responsible Minerals Initiative, RMI) Declaration of Support.

USABC ISSUES ‘BEYOND LITHIUM-ION’ RFPI FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A LITHIUM ELECTRODE BASED CELL AND MANUFACTURING FOR AUTOMOTIVE TRACTION APPLICATIONS

USABC ISSUES ‘BEYOND LITHIUM-ION’ RFPI FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A LITHIUM ELECTRODE BASED CELL AND MANUFACTURING FOR AUTOMOTIVE TRACTION APPLICATIONS 1200 600 USCAR

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), and a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, has issued a ‘Beyond Lithium-Ion’ request for proposal information (RFPI) for development of a lithium electrode based cell and manufacturing for automotive traction applications.

The primary objective of this RFPI is to identify developers having lithium electrode technologies meeting the USABC goals for lithium-based cell and/or lithium electrode manufacturing set forth in the full USABC RFPI document: https://www.uscar.org/commands/files_download.php?files_id=504. Respondents may either reply towards the lithium-based cell goals, lithium electrode manufacturing goals or both. If a developer has a cell technology that is not based on lithium electrodes but can still meet the aforementioned goals, USABC would welcome proposals based on the developer’s technology.

USABC seeks industrial-scale development consistent with intended high-volume automotive usage, supported by a detailed cost model for the lithium-based cell and/or lithium electrode manufacturing, respectively.

All developers or development teams submitting proposals will be required to demonstrate that they have the potential to develop a commercially viable business, which can produce sufficient volumes, and provide engineering and testing support, to meet automotive requirements.

Research organizations with current, direct affiliations with businesses that derive a majority of their income from related product sales will also be considered.

At the time of submittal, all developers will be required to have demonstration hardware and test results available for USABC inspection. Resulting contracts will include a 50 percent minimum cost share.

The deadline for submission is March 20, 2020.

For complete and detailed information on the RFPI for the “Development of Lithium Electrode Based Cell and Manufacturing for Automotive Traction Applications,” visit the USABC pages of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR) website at www.uscar.org/usabc. In addition, developers may contact Maureen LaHote, USABC business manager, at mlahote@uscar.org.

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 DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy’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 can enable more affordable mobility, strengthen domestic energy security, reduce our dependence on foreign sources of critical materials and enhance U.S. economic growth. Electrochemical energy storage has been identified as a key enabling technology for advanced, fuel-efficient, light and heavy-duty vehicles.

About USCAR

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 www.uscar.org.

All USCAR Member companies have joined in becoming signatories of the Responsible Raw Materials Initiative (RRMI, now part of the Responsible Minerals Initiative, RMI) Declaration of Support.