USABC Awards $6.5M Li-Ion Technology Development Contract To EnerDel

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    USABC Awards $6.5M Li-Ion Technology Development Contract To EnerDel

    USABC Awards $6.5M Li-Ion Technology Development Contract To EnerDel
    18 September 2007

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    The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), an organization whose members are Chrysler LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation, has awarded a $6.5 million lithium-ion battery technology development contract to Ener1’s EnerDel subsidiary.

    USABC awarded the contract in collaboration with the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop lithium battery technology for hybrid-electric vehicle applications. The 18-month contract, valued at $6.5 million, is the second of a three-phase USABC program and requires a 50% cost share. EnerDel successfully completed Phase I in June. (Earlier post.)

    Under the full, three-phase program, EnerDel is working to develop a fully integrated battery system for use in hybrid vehicle applications. The USABC program aims to produce a cost-competitive, lithium-ion battery that is lighter, smaller and higher in power than existing battery technologies for hybrid electric vehicles.

    EnerDel’s Phase II contract involves development focused on scaling up to a production caliber cell, lifetime testing and evaluation, and demonstrating the technology in battery modules.

    EnerDel has developed its own lithium titanate (titanium oxide, “LTO”) anode material in collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) for HEV applications. The company has also developed a hard carbon (HC) anode lithium-ion high capacity battery that it will target at plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and battery electric vehicle (BEV) applications. For the cathode, EnerDel uses manganese spinel (LiMn2O4, “LMO”). EnerDel uses a flat prismatic cell design.

    The 5Ah LTO-type cell carries a nominal voltage of 2.5V; the 5Ah HC-type cell carries a nominal voltage of 3.6V.

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    Re: USABC Awards $6.5M Li-Ion Technology Development Contract To EnerDel

    The investment going into this technology is heavy.

    I hope they can kick out some affordable, powerful batteries.

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    Re: USABC Awards $6.5M Li-Ion Technology Development Contract To EnerDel

    Where does this fit with what GM is doing with A123 on the Volt?

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    Re: USABC Awards $6.5M Li-Ion Technology Development Contract To EnerDel

    I am Glad that this is purely an American effort. We do not need others nosing around, we need to think as one country in a global competitive Market.

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    Re: USABC Awards $6.5M Li-Ion Technology Development Contract To EnerDel

    Quote Originally Posted by minnfang
    Where does this fit with what GM is doing with A123 on the Volt?
    Well GM is investing money all over the place with regards to L-Ion batteries. They don't want to put all their eggs in one basket.

    $6.5 Million is not a lot of money in the automotive industry. Heck it cost $1.25 Million just to paint lines on the floor at the Ford Windsor engine plant.
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    Re: USABC Awards $6.5M Li-Ion Technology Development Contract To EnerDel

    Quote Originally Posted by minnfang
    Where does this fit with what GM is doing with A123 on the Volt?
    Well it says its for Hybrids... So I think it has more to do with their 2-Mode Hybrid system, rather than their E-Flex system.


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    Re: USABC Awards $6.5M Li-Ion Technology Development Contract To EnerDel

    Quote Originally Posted by CADILLACSIXTEEN
    Well it says its for Hybrids... So I think it has more to do with their 2-Mode Hybrid system, rather than their E-Flex system.

    I have to agree. I do believe that it's for the hybrids for the Big 3, since they're all a part of the USABC. It's nice to see American car companies working together!
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    Re: USABC Awards $6.5M Li-Ion Technology Development Contract To EnerDel

    Quote Originally Posted by CADILLACSIXTEEN
    Well it says its for Hybrids... So I think it has more to do with their 2-Mode Hybrid system, rather than their E-Flex system.

    I am not sure that in the context of the press release, the author intended to distinguish between "traditional" hybrids and the type of powertrain that the Volt has. Let's face it: notwithstanding Maximum Bob's insistence to the contrary, when most people hear that the Volt has (1) a big battery pack and (2) an engine, they will consider it a hybrid. "Electric vehicle with mileage extending engine" is, to most people, a distinction without a difference.

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    Re: USABC Awards $6.5M Li-Ion Technology Development Contract To EnerDel

    I do see that GM might have some trouble showing how the e-flex system is better then even thier own 2-mode.
    I wonder if all this heavy investment and heavy purchase of these LI batteries, will cause the price of laptops and other LI users up? Or will the investment in making them better and cheaper in turn make laptops cheaper?
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    Re: USABC Awards $6.5M Li-Ion Technology Development Contract To EnerDel

    Quote Originally Posted by BigAls87Z28
    I do see that GM might have some trouble showing how the e-flex system is better then even thier own 2-mode.
    That will be easy. To a large percentage of the population, GM will say: "imagine never having to buy gasoline again..." To people who want a smaller car to drive around town and park in their garage, the e-flex is better than the 2-mode, which gets good mileage, but still will require most people to buy hundreds of gallons of gasoline per year.

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    Re: USABC Awards $6.5M Li-Ion Technology Development Contract To EnerDel

    Quote Originally Posted by HoosierRon
    That will be easy. To a large percentage of the population, GM will say: "imagine never having to buy gasoline again..." To people who want a smaller car to drive around town and park in their garage, the e-flex is better than the 2-mode, which gets good mileage, but still will require most people to buy hundreds of gallons of gasoline per year.
    They just can't say that the car will never use gasoline ever again. But, they might try some other way of creative marketing tactic to make sure the people know that the E-flex idea is the way to go.
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    Re: USABC Awards $6.5M Li-Ion Technology Development Contract To EnerDel

    Quote Originally Posted by asim
    They just can't say that the car will never use gasoline ever again. But, they might try some other way of creative marketing tactic to make sure the people know that the E-flex idea is the way to go.
    They don't have to say that. Just say 'Imagine never having to use gasoline again. Now imagine that if you do, getting 150 MPG. Now imagine yourself in the new Chevrolet Volt. VOLT: Imagination meets Reality!'
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