The U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) has awarded Cobasys, a subsidiary of SB LiMotive, an $8.4 million contract to develop high-energy lithium-ion batteries for use in electric vehicle applications.
USABC is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), the collaborative automotive technology organization of Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Company, whose mission is to further strengthen the technology base of the domestic auto industry through cooperative research and development.
The competitively bid contract Cobasys award from USABC is co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and includes a 50 percent cost-share.
"We are proud to be participating in this forward-thinking collaboration to develop advanced technologies for the U.S. automotive market," said Reinhardt Peper, CEO of Cobasys. "USABC's commitment to this project is evident through its clearly delineated project timeline and deliverables."
Cobasys has been contracted for the design, development, delivery and validation of conforming design-intent cells, and through the design, development, delivery and verification of a 40 kWh technology demonstration battery pack.
The focus of the project is to produce high-energy density cells and packs for electric vehicle applications to increase the current state-of-the-art battery-pack density by 50 percent in a three-year period.
"The work we are doing with USABC allows us to align our development with the requirements of North American automakers in the pre-competitive development stage to ensure we deliver the highest quality and safety in battery technology," said Peper.
"Our work on electric vehicle projects demonstrates our ability to align our developments with our customer's expectations, and thus deliver innovative, cost effective products," he added.