Automotive Consortium Seeks Bid for High-Performance Batteries

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The Big Three’s collaborative organization, the United States Advanced Battery Consortium, is looking for business proposals for the development of advanced high-performance batteries for 12-volt start-stop vehicle applications. 

The request for proposal information is aimed at developers with electrochemical energy storage technologies that are capable of meeting or approaching the USABC long-term criteria for vehicle applications.

Earlier this year, the consortium — enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy and operated by Chrysler Group, Ford Motor Co., and General Motors Co. — awarded battery contracts to Saft America Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla. and Leyden Energy Inc. of Fremont, Calif.

All developers submitting proposals for the consortium 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 12-volt start-stop prototype hardware will be available as well as the developer’s commercialization plans.

In addition, the automakers are asking that prospective partners share costs of at least 50 percent. Submissions are due Nov. 15. To obtain further details, visit uscar.org/usabc. Developers may also contact Eric Heim, business manager at USABC, at eric@eheimconsulting.com.    

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