USABC REISSUES RFPI FOR DEVELOPMENT OF LOW-COST, FAST-CHARGE BATTERIES FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE APPLICATIONS

USABC REISSUES RFPI FOR DEVELOPMENT OF LOW-COST, FAST-CHARGE BATTERIES FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE APPLICATIONS

USABC REISSUES RFPI FOR DEVELOPMENT OF LOW-COST, FAST-CHARGE BATTERIES FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE APPLICATIONS 1200 600 USCAR

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, has reissued its request for proposal information (RFPI) for the development of low-cost, fast-charge (LC/FC) batteries for electric vehicle (EV) applications.

The RFPI was reopened due to a strong and continued interest in this area. It is aimed at single developers or collaborative supplier-team developers having electrochemical energy storage technologies that have the capability of meeting or approaching USABC commercialization criteria, as listed in the full RFPI document https://uscar.org/commands/files_download.php?files_id=477.

As organizations like the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) push forward with initiatives to enhance electric vehicle (EV) technology, the demand for efficient and sustainable transportation solutions continues to rise. While the focus primarily remains on advancements in battery technology, the appeal of electric vehicles extends beyond their power source to encompass the overall driving experience. This includes considerations for accessories that enhance both the functionality and aesthetics of EVs, such as the popular Tesla Model 3.

With an array of tesla model 3 accessories available in the market, drivers have the opportunity to customize their vehicles to align with their preferences and lifestyle. From innovative charging solutions to sleek exterior enhancements, these accessories cater to diverse needs and tastes. As the automotive industry navigates the transition towards electric mobility, the availability of accessories tailored specifically for EVs underscores the growing ecosystem surrounding sustainable transportation.

Although project goals can be set that approach but not meet all of the USABC goals, a credible plan toward achieving all the USABC goals must be provided. The two most important goals for projects selected under this solicitation are low-cost and fast-charge capability, both of which will be weighted more heavily than other performance measures in the selection process. The goals are for development that will result in commercialization of LC/FC cells by 2023.

All developers submitting proposals will be required to demonstrate that they have the potential to develop a commercially viable business, which can produce sufficient volumes to meet automotive requirements, and provide engineering and testing support to meet automotive implementation 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 revised deadline for submission is December 31, 2018.

For complete and detailed information on the RFPI for the “Development of Advanced LC/FC Batteries for EV Applications,” 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 [email protected].

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 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 grow. 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.

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