The U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium, a research collaboration group composed of Chrysler, Ford and GM, announced $5.43 million in advanced battery development and technology assessment contracts to five firms.
The contracts are funded by the DOE and include a 50 percent cost-share from each of the contracted companies.
The press release states that USABC awarded the contracts to develop advanced energy storage technologies for hybrid-electric vehicles.
“We are pleased to announce the award of these contracts as part of USABC’s broad battery technology research and development programs,”says Steve Zimmer, executive director of the U.S. Council for Automotive Research. “These programs are essential to advance the technology needed to meet both near- and long-term goals that will enable a broad spectrum of vehicle electrification.”
The companies receiving advanced battery development contracts are:
- Envia Systems of Newark, Calif.: $3.65 million to develop a high-energy cathode material for vehicle applications and pouch cells.
- Quallion of Los Angeles, Calif.: $1.41 million for an 18-month technology assessment of its Matrix battery design, a hybridized battery pack using a mixture of high power and high-energy Li-ion cells.
- ActaCell of Austin, Texas: $179,015 to evaluate high-power Li-ion cells for increased cycle and storage life.
- Leyden Energy of Freemont, Calif.: $117,733 for an assessment of its Li-ion technology for EV applications in a pouch cell.
- K2 Energy Solutions of Henderson, Nev.: $73,644 for assessment of the company’s 51 amp-hour cells and planned 45 amp-hour cells configured in “flat-pack” modular batteries and large laminated cells.