SOUTHFIELD, Mich., May 2, 2022 – The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) today announced the award of a $3 million technology development contract to Amprius Technologies in Fremont, California for a low-cost, fast-charge silicon nanowire cell technology for electric vehicles.
The contract award, which includes a 50 percent cost share, funds a 30-month project that began earlier this year. The focus of the program is to develop a material structure and composition for their silicon nanowire anode, with the goal of extending both cycle and calendar life.
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 battery contract award with Amprius Technologies 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.”
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.
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.