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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Jan. 4, 2018 – The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, has released an updated version of its request for proposal information (RFPI) for improved thermal management system development for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries used in vehicle applications.

The RFPI specifications were updated to simplify metrics and clarify expectations.  It is aimed at developers and teams having Li-ion battery system technologies that have the capability of meeting USABC goals for Li-ion thermal management as well as meeting or approaching USABC goals for plug-in hybrid electric or electric vehicle systems, as listed on USABC’s website http://www.uscar.org/guest/article_view.php?articles_id=85

Proposed thermal management system technologies should provide significant improvements over current technologies while still meeting the USABC goals, as listed in the full RFPI. 

The RFPI will remain active indefinitely to allow more submissions from individual developers as well as collaborative R&D/supplier teams.  Resulting contracts will include a 50 percent minimum cost share by the recipient.

In line with its efforts to further advanced battery technology, research and development, USABC maintains a number of additional open-ended RFPIs.  These RFPIs are for the development of:

•    Advanced High-Performance Electrolytes for Li-ion Batteries Used in Vehicle Applications;
•    A Cell Using Recovered Active Materials from End of Vehicle Life Li-ion Batteries;
•    An Advanced Microporous Separator for Li-ion Batteries Used in Vehicle Applications;
•    Advanced High-Performance Batteries for 48V Hybrid Electric Vehicle Applications;
•    Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Applications;
•    12V Start-Stop Vehicle Applications;
•    and Electric Vehicle (EV) Applications.

USABC seeks industrial-scale development consistent with intended high-volume automotive use, supported by a detailed cost model for the battery system. Improvements must be demonstrated while maintaining or exceeding current state-of-the-art parameters in all other areas of automotive energy storage system performance.

All developers submitting viable proposals will be required to provide a credible plan toward achieving USABC goals. Proposals with a plan for meeting USABC cell-to-system performance goals will be given preference. Applicants also will be required to submit a detailed schedule that would support commercialization.

For complete and detailed information on any of the RFPIs listed above, visit the USABC pages of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR) website at www.uscar.org/usabc. In addition, developers may contact Maureen LaHote, USABC business manager, at mlahote@uscar.org.

USABC is a subsidiary of 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.

About 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 www.uscar.org. 

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