United States Advanced Battery Consortium Reopens 4 High-Performance Battery Projects
United States Advanced Battery Consortium, known also as USABC—a collaborative organization operated by Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors— announced a new initiative in which it’s seeking new project proposals for the development of advanced high-performance batteries for vehicle applications.
USABC reopened four requests for proposal information (RFPIs) and targets for commercialization by 2020:
- electric vehicle (EV) cells and/or systems
- 12-volt start-stop vehicles
- plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV)
- and emerging 48-volt mild-hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs)
“The RFPIs will remain active indefinitely to prompt more submissions from individual developers as well as collaborative R&D/supplier teams. Each requires a 50 percent minimum cost share.”
“All developers and teams submitting viable proposals will be required to have demonstration hardware and test results available. Applicants also will be required to submit a detailed schedule that indicates when full-scale prototype hardware will be available as well as the developer’s commercialization plans.”
Maybe this time the grants will fall to someone who can deliver an actual breakthrough.