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USABC AWARDS $2 MILLION LOW-COST/FAST-CHARGE BATTERY TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT TO ENPOWER INC.

USABC AWARDS $2 MILLION LOW-COST/FAST-CHARGE BATTERY TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT TO ENPOWER INC. 1200 600 USCAR

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Jan. 26, 2023 – The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) today announced the award of a $2 million technology development contract to EnPower Inc. in Indianapolis for a low-cost/fast-charge EV development program.

The contract award, which includes a 50 percent cost share, funds a 24-month project that began last year.  The program’s goal is to develop a high-energy density, low-cost, fast-charging cell using advanced multilayer cathode and anode designs. This is USABC’s second program contract with EnPower.

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 http://www.uscar.org/usabc.

“The low-cost, fast-charge EV contract award with EnPower is part of USABC’s broad battery technology research and development program,” said Warwick Stirling, 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

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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WARWICK STIRLING NAMED USCAR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

WARWICK STIRLING NAMED USCAR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 1200 600 USCAR

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Dec. 5, 2022 – Warwick Stirling was appointed executive director of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), effective Sept. 1, as announced by the USCAR Council. He succeeds retiring USCAR Executive Director Steve Zimmer.

Stirling comes to USCAR with over eight years of automotive experience, including five years at General Motors where he held executive roles in global strategy and innovation. Most recently he served as senior advisor and director of the Global Automotive consulting practice at Roland Berger. Earlier in his career, Stirling was a senior director of Connectivity and Sustainability at Whirlpool Corporation.

“We are very pleased to welcome Warwick as the new USCAR Executive Director,” said Steve Rober, member of USCAR Council and global head of Automotive Research and Engineering at Stellantis. Rober serves on the three-member governing USCAR Council along with Matt Jones director of global technology Ford Motor Company, and Kent Helfrich, Chief Technology Officer, Vice President, Research & Development, General Motors.

“Warwick’s proven leadership in automotive innovation and mobility give him the skills and experience needed to enhance and grow USCAR’s research and development portfolio,” Rober said. “In addition, Warwick will be an asset to USCAR to preserve and grow our important strategic partnerships.”

While a member of Roland Berger’s Global Automotive Practice, Stirling advised and guided automotive OEMs and suppliers as they navigated the transformation of mobility.

At General Motors, Stirling was responsible for driving innovation across the enterprise including new business models and options to grow the company. Stirling led the creation and investments in 40 technical roadmaps covering over 600 R&D, engineering, and product projects. More specifically, these projects and business models leveraged disruptive new technologies: connectivity, autonomous/self-driving tech and sustainable powertrains (electrification and fuel cell).

Prior to these roles, Stirling held significant strategy and innovation positions in multiple industries including home appliances, software services and industrial goods. This included more than five years in management consulting at McKinsey & Co in Atlanta and San Francisco, and cofounding a software startup in Silicon Valley. Prior to General Motors, Stirling held various executive roles at Whirlpool Corporation, including Senior Director Global Innovation and Senior Director Sustainability.

“I look forward to this opportunity to build upon USCAR’s history of success,” Stirling said. “Following long time Executive Director Steve Zimmer will be both an honor and a challenge, but I’m ready to take the wheel and steer USCAR into a new era of technology and mobility research.”

A native of South Africa, Stirling holds a bachelor’s in business from the University of Bath, U.K., a master’s degree in business administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School (UNC-Chapel Hill) and completed design thinking training at Stanford University.

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.

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USCAR ANNOUNCES PUBLICATION OF “ROADMAP FOR AUTOMOTIVE ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING”

USCAR ANNOUNCES PUBLICATION OF “ROADMAP FOR AUTOMOTIVE ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING” 1200 600 USCAR

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Sept. 24, 2021 – The United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR) today announced the publication of its “Roadmap for Automotive Additive Manufacturing,” to better understand and communicate the opportunities and pathways for more widespread, efficient and sustainable use of additive manufacturing (AM) in automotive production plants.

The scope of the roadmap includes all aspects of the manufacturing life cycle, from design to materials, manufacturing processes, operations, maintenance and workforce. It provides a structure for engagement of the automotive industry with the AM industry and research institutions.

While the automotive sector has been using AM processes for decades, it has yet to become integrated into high-volume production processes. Challenges exist due to high cost of materials, equipment and operations. The speed and reliability needed for high volume applications are not possible with current AM systems, which are used mostly in low-volume batch production. Through this roadmap, USCAR hopes to document challenges of current AM technologies and bring industry partners and research institutions to the table for mutual benefit.

To download “The Roadmap for Automotive Additive Manufacturing,” click here: https://uscar.org/download/50/publications/13457/uscar-roadmap-for-automotive-am-final.pdf.

“The ‘Roadmap for Automotive Additive Manufacturing’ represents an automotive voice in an effort to enable additive manufacturing as a commonly accepted part of the production of automotive components and vehicles,” said Steve Zimmer, executive director of USCAR. “Work like this is critical to accelerating development of additive manufacturing systems and materials that will work best to open the doors to industry-wide use.”

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.

 

 

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.