Saft America Gets $6.13 Million U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium Award

Saft America and U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium
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Saft America Inc. today announced it received a competitively bid, $6.13 million award from the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for 12-volt stop-start battery technology development. The contract includes a 50 percent cost-share by Saft.

The 30-month contract will focus on the development and delivery of lithium-ion 12-volt modules for vehicle stop-start battery applications consistent with USABC goals based on Saft’s advanced lithium-ion battery technologies along with battery management electronics.

The new Saft contract follows research previously conducted with U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium for 12-volt stop-start battery technology development and an earlier contract to develop lithium-ion battery systems for hybrid electric vehicle applications.

“Advancing the technology of vehicle batteries is not only important strategically for Saft, but for the energy security of the United States,” said Thomas Alcide, President of Saft America. “The commitment by the Department of Energy to support state-of the art energy storage technologies will help reduce the nation’s emissions and the dependence on imported fuel.”

USABC is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR). Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. DOE, USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support commercialization of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles. In support of its mission, USABC has developed mid- and long-term goals to guide its projects and measure its progress.

The U.S. DOE’s overarching mission is to advance the national, economic and energy security of the United States. DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office works with industry, academia and national laboratories to develop advanced transportation technologies that reduce the nation’s use of imported oil and increase its energy security. Electrochemical energy storage has been identified as a critical enabling technology for advanced, fuel-efficient, light and heavy-duty vehicles.

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