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News Release: USABC ISSUES RFPI TO DEVELOP ADVANCED ANODE PRE-LITHIATION FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CELL TECHNOLOGY

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Dec. 13, 2018 – The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), and a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, has issued a request for proposal information (RFPI) for the development of advanced anode pre-lithiation for electric vehicle (EV) cell technology.  

The primary objective of this RFPI is to advance development efforts in the anode pre-lithiation processes for electrochemical energy storage systems, particularly cells, to achieve the EV cost and performance goals set forth in the full USABC RFPI document: http://www.uscar.org/commands/files_download.php?files_id=489 . 

USABC encourages the formation of multi-functional teams in order to achieve the proposed objectives. Teams should include a cell manufacturer with the capability to incorporate the proposed new pre-lithiation processes/designs, in addition to materials and process developers. 

All developers or development teams submitting proposals will be required to demonstrate that they have the potential to develop a commercially viable business, which can produce sufficient volumes, and provide engineering and testing support, to meet automotive requirements.  Research organizations with current, direct affiliations with businesses that derive a majority of their income from related product sales will also be considered.

At the time of submittal, all developers will be required to have demonstration hardware and test results available for USABC inspection. Resulting contracts will include a 50 percent minimum cost share.

The deadline for submission is January 30, 2019.

For complete and detailed information on the RFPI for the “Development of Advanced Anode Pre-lithiation for Electric Vehicle Cell Technology,” 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.   

Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy, 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. 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 can enable more affordable mobility, strengthen domestic energy security, reduce our dependence on foreign sources of critical materials and enhance U.S. economic growth. Electrochemical energy storage has been identified as a key 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.

All USCAR Member companies have joined in becoming signatories of the Responsible Raw Materials Initiative (RRMI, now part of the Responsible Minerals Initiative, RMI) Declaration of Support.

                    

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