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Press Release: USABC AWARDS $1.64 MILLION ELECTROLYTE DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT TO NOHMs TECHNOLOGIES

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Sept. 15, 2015 – 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 $1.64 million contract to NOHMs Technologies in Rochester, New York, for the development of electrolytes for automotive lithium-ion battery applications.

The competitively bid contract award is co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and includes a 50 percent cost-share by NOHMs.

The 18-month program will focus on the development of functional, ionic liquid-based electrolyte and co-solvent combinations that exhibit high ionic conductivity and stability for application in 4.6-5.0-volt lithium-ion batteries, consistent with USABC goals (see http://www.uscar.org/guest/article_view.php?articles_id=85).

USABC is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR). Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. 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 the USABC’s website at http://www.uscar.org/usabc.

“We are pleased to announce the award of this contract to NOHMs Technologies as part of USABC’s broad battery technology research and development programs,” said Steve Zimmer, executive director of USCAR. “These programs are critical to advancing the technology needed to meet both near- and long-term goals that will enable broader scale vehicle electrification.”

About U.S. DOE

The U.S. DOE'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 reduce the nation's use of imported oil and increase its energy security. Electrochemical energy storage has been identified as a critical enabling technology for advanced, fuel-efficient, light and heavy-duty vehicles.

About USCAR

Founded in 1992, 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 USCAR’s website at www.uscar.org. 

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