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USABC awards LG Chem Power a development contract to focus on reducing Li-ion PHEV 40 pack cost

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) has awarded LG Chem Power Inc. (LGCPI) a development contract valued at $9.62 million; the program aims to make significant strides toward achieving the USABC goals for PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) 40-mile battery pack system performance requirements while driving down the cost to automakers toward the USABC goal of $3,400.

This latest award marks the company’s fourth development contract with USABC.

USABC is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), the collaborative automotive technology company for Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors. Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the US Department of Energy, USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support commercialization of hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles.



So far, it seems that USABC has not reached its goal or contributed to the advancement of EV batteries that much. Their mission seems to be composed of words and more words. Others are developing batteries without the help of USABC.


The goal seems reasonable if aggressive right now. They want $225/kWh. And LG may be the only outfit to achieve this near term.

If the USABC remains focused on driving down cost/kWh - they may prove effective. Manufacturing methods, materials and form factors may be the key to pack cost reductions.


It may not come from USABC. LG + many others will do it without the help or nuisance of USABC.


The observation that it is stupid and produces little to take money from consumers, rip off a large administrative chunk for the bureaucrats, and then dole it out by bureaucrats to companies to do R&D. Socialized R&D didn't work for the former East bloc, and it doesn't work well here, either.

Finally the reality may be dawning that letting companies keep their R&D dollars and employ them themselves where they think it is necessary rather than jumping through the hoops that the bureaucrats who don't rally give a damn, require them to do.


Unfortunately, our politicians rely more and more on very short term solutions. They seem not to be concerned with long term, long lasting, solutions. The current extended bickering on the national debt is a very good example. All their energy is used to get re-elected every four years and the nation well being is often forgotten.

A lot of funds and time could be saved by changing the rules, i.e.:

1) The party with most votes would govern for 4 or 5 years.
2) The runner up party would govern for the following 4 or 5 years.

A new election could take place every 8 or 10 years.

This way, no party would govern for more than 4 or 5 years at a time and they would both have equal opportunities to demonstrate how good they can be.


If each party knows they`re getting to run the show - the people have no say. Which is not democracy.


Why is US.. always awarding Korea?


Reel$$...isn't that what is happening already? You might as well rotate the show makers based on election results every 8 or 10 years. The party in power, would not have to try to get re-elected during his current term because the next term would be automatically given to the runner up.

Any change to get better governance and less politics would be good for the country. Frequent (every month or so) nation-wide electronic votes on major issues may be another way to improve the current situation. A way must be found to stop cheating and duplication with positive voters identification means. That should be possible to do and could be very useful for social/medical/taxation/pass-port records etc.

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