Southfield’s USABC Grants California’s Zenlabs $4.8M Contract for Low-cost, Fast-charge Battery Development

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium in Southfield has awarded a $4.8 million technology development contract to Zenlabs Energy Inc. of Fremont, Calif., for development of low-cost, fast-charge (LC/FC) battery technology for electric vehicles.
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Zenlabs Energy Inc. is developing battery technology for electric vehicles as part of a $4.8-million contract with the United States Advanced Battery Consortium in Southfield. // Stock photo

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium in Southfield has awarded a $4.8 million technology development contract to Zenlabs Energy Inc. of Fremont, Calif., for development of low-cost, fast-charge (LC/FC) battery technology for electric vehicles.

USABC is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR), and a collaborative organization of FCA US, Ford Motor Co., and General Motors Co.

The contract award, which includes a 50-percent cost share, funds a 30-month project that began last month. Building on a successful Phase 1, the goal of the program is to develop novel electrolyte formulations, a scalable pre-lithiation method that enables the use of high-capacity silicon oxide anodes, and optimized cell designs that will result in lithium-ion batteries capable of meeting USABC LC/FC EV battery goals.

“The low-cost/fast-charge technology development contract award with Zenlabs is part of USABC’s broad battery technology research and development program,” says 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.”

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