Ener1’s EnerDel battery subsidiary has received a 12-month, cost-share contract from the US Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) to further the development of a cost-competitive lithium-ion battery for hybrid electric vehicles.
USABC is a part of the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR), an organization founded by DaimlerChrysler, Ford and General Motors that works with the Department of Energy (DOE) on the cooperative development of advanced automotive technologies.
EnerDel is collaborating with Argonne National Laboratory on advanced materials for the battery. EnerDel’s technologies include high-rate electrodes (both anodes and cathodes), which, according to the company, will enable the batteries to provide more sustained power and recharge quickly, key requirements for battery technology used in HEVs.
EnerDel, of which Delphi owns 19.5%, is working closely with Enerstruct, a subsidiary of Ener1 jointly held with ITOCHU Corporation, on the production process. In November 2005, Enerstruct received funding from SBIC (Tokyo Small and Medium Business Investment & Consultation Co.), Japan’s oldest venture capital firm, to further the ongoing research and development of lithium battery production and battery production processes. (Earlier post.) ITOCHU is also a major shareholder in Ener1.