USABC Awards Johnson Controls-Saft Contract for Li-Ion Batteries for Hybrid Vehicles
14 August 2006
The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) has awarded Johnson Controls-Saft Advanced Power Solutions (JCS) a 24-month contract to develop advanced lithium-ion batteries for hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs).
Engineers and scientists at JCS are to enhance lithium-ion battery technology for near-future HEVs. They will focus on accelerating Li-Ion technology development by improving battery power in low temperatures, and creating solutions that reduce battery system costs.
The USABC, an industry group, pursues research and development on advanced energy systems to boost the range and performance of future electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Members of the USABC include the United States Department of Energy along with DaimlerChrysler, Ford and General Motors.
We are extremely gratified to receive this technology-development contract. Our priorities are to work on cell performance, systems development and cost reduction for lithium-ion technology.—Alan Mumby, Johnson Controls Vice President and General Manager
JCS and the United States Department of Energy are funding the project, and USABC is providing program support. JCS will supply cell modules that can be tested for abuse tolerance, pulse power, calendar life, and cycle life. A major goal is to meet the FreedomCAR USABC battery-performance requirements.
The FreedomCAR and Vehicle technologies Program of the Department of Energy has set a 2010 goal of developing an electric drivetrain energy storage system with 15-year life at 300 Wh, with discharge power of 25 kW for 18 seconds, and ay $20/kW. A draft goal is to reduce the cost of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) batteries to $300/kWh by 2014. (The latter goal would result in a cost of around $3,000 for the size of battery currently used for early PHEV retrofits.)
The FreedomCAR program office requested an additional $6.172 million increase in FY 2007 targeted at PHEV battery development. It will issue solicitations for research and development supported by this funding in Fall 2006 through USABC.
The JCS advanced battery hybrid systems team, located at the company’s headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will direct the current HEV technology development program. Cell development efforts will be supported by JCS facilities in the United States and Europe.
In 2004, the USABC granted Johnson Controls an 18-month contract supporting the development of advanced, lithium-ion battery technology. That same year Saft was awarded a contract with the USABC of a similar nature. The Johnson Controls-Saft joint venture was officially launched in January 2006.
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