The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), a collaborative organization operated by Chrysler Group, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors, has awarded a $7.7 million advanced battery technology development contract for electric vehicle (EV) applications to California-based Envia Systems.
The competitively bid contract award is co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and includes a 50% Envia Systems cost share. Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the DOE, USABC's mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support commercialization of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles.
The USABC says the 36-month lithium-ion layered-layered cathode/silicon-based anode program will focus on the development of high-energy cathode and anode material appropriate for vehicle applications and the development and scale up of pouch cells that exhibit performance metrics that exceed the minimum USABC targets EVs. The new Envia Systems contract follows research previously conducted with USABC to develop advanced lithium-ion battery technologies.