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EnerDel Awarded Li-ion Development Contract

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.


allen zheng

Vested interests + auto lobby = another public-private partnership for future markets/products. Only this time, they are playing catchup. I can see a military spin on this as well.


The concern from this armchair quarterback is that we keep seeing developments, no product.

I now can go to any number of neighborhood stores and buy disposable AA lithium batteries. They cost more and are supposed to last longer.

No store in my neighborhood carries large format, lithium traction batteries, and, if there was such a Valence outlet store anywhere in America, I still would be unable to buy such batteries because my credit cards lacks such a limit (not to mention my budget).

tom deplume

I see battery leasing as a way around the high cost. The components of electric vehicles have possible lifetimes of decades. There are many refrigerators that have accomplished the feat.


yeah.... those lithium batteries last longer, but they could never supply the power necessary for the HEV vehicles. and besides, lithium batteries are not rechargeable; lithium-ion batteries are. and not all lithium-ion batteries are the same even though they are all called lithium-ion. they all use different chemistries.

we'll just have to wait and see if this company can do what no other company in the US has been able to do before. but someone's gotta be first right? do you think the US automakers will ever want to buy foreign batteries to sell in their own hybrids? i doubt it.


I think those lithium batteries you see in the stores are primary cells and not rechargable. The rechargable lithium ion cells used in laptops are under strict control because of the dangers in charging them incorrectly.

John Ports

The RackPack2 beats the EnerDel system on every front including price plus it has more features at a lower cost and the actual patents. They are at www.deviceconduit.com

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