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Press Release: USABC AWARDS $140,000 Li-ION BATTERY RECYCLING CONTRACT TO BATTERY RESOURCERS

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Aug. 1, 2017 – The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, today announced the award of a $140,000 technology development contract to Battery Resourcers of North Grafton, Massachusetts, for lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling.

The contract award, which includes a 50 percent cost share, funds a nine-month Battery Resourcers (BR) program that began in February.  The program’s goal is to contribute to an ongoing USABC- Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Li-ion battery recycling project focused on a closed-loop process for end-of-life electric vehicle Li-ion batteries by scaling the recycling capacity from 10kg of EV batteries to 50kg and beyond. The work also will demonstrate the ability to replicate results achieved in the WPI laboratory in BR’s facility as an important stepping stone to further scale-up plans.
  
USABC is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR). Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support commercialization of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles. In support of its mission, USABC has developed mid- and long-term goals to guide its projects and measure its progress.  For more information, visit http://www.uscar.org/usabc.

“The Li-ion battery recycling technology development contract award with Battery Resourcers is part of USABC’s broad battery technology research and development programs,” said 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.”

About DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy’s overarching mission is to advance the national, economic and energy security of the United States. DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office works with industry, academia and national laboratories to develop advanced transportation technologies that improve energy efficiency, increase energy security, and reduce operating cost for consumers and business. Electrochemical energy storage has been identified as a key enabling technology for advanced, fuel-efficient, light and heavy-duty vehicles.

About USCAR

Now in its 25th year, USCAR is the collaborative automotive technology company for FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors. The goal of USCAR is to further strengthen the technology base of the domestic auto industry through cooperative research and development. For more information, visit www.uscar.org. 

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