The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) has awarded Johnson Controls-Saft a two-year contract valued at $8.2 million for the development of lithium-ion battery systems for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).
The JCS contract is for the development of lithium-ion battery systems to meet USABC PHEV goals of low cost, long life, high power and high energy. In the course of the program, JCS will develop PHEV battery systems targeted to meet the goals set by the USABC for 10- mile and 40-mile all-electric range plug-in hybrid vehicles.
USABC formally awarded the contract earlier this year, in collaboration with the US Department of Energy (DOE), which previously announced the award, pending agreement on all terms and conditions. The 24-month cost-share contract is for the development of battery cell, module and pack technology for plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle (PHEV) applications.
We are working on the development of the complete PHEV system, which includes high energy capacity cells, battery management electronics, control software and an efficient thermal management system, all optimally packaged for safety and efficient integration into the vehicle. Specifically, key goals for this PHEV contract are to optimize cell and battery system design for 10-mile and 40-mile electric range vehicles.—Mary Ann Wright, vice president and general manager for Johnson Controls hybrid battery business
USABC, whose members are Chrysler LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation, awarded Johnson Controls-Saft a similar contract in 2006 focused on lithium-ion battery systems for hybrid electric vehicles. (Earlier post.) USABC is one of several technology development consortia of USCAR, the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC.
Johnson-Controls Saft is providing the lithium-ion battery pack for Ford’s research plug-in Escape hybrids. (Earlier post).