A government-funded research partnership made up of the Detroit 3 has awarded a $6.5 million contract to Ener1 Inc. to develop lithium ion batteries for hybrid electric vehicles.
The 18-month contract is the second in a three-phase program of the United States Advanced Battery Consortium, whose members are Chrysler LLC, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors.
EnerDel Inc., the parent company of Ener1, completed the first phase in June, according to a press release. The program aims to produce a cost-competitive lithium ion battery that is lighter, smaller and more powerful than existing technologies.
Phase two involves development of a production-caliber cell, extensive lifetime testing and evaluation, and demonstrating the technology in battery modules. The contract requires a 50 percent cost share.
The consortium is part of the U.S. Council for Automotive Research, the organization for collaborative research involving Chrysler, Ford and GM. The U.S. Department of Energy provides as much as half of the consortiums budget.
Don Walkowicz, executive director of the U.S. Council for Automotive Research, said in a press release: The program is essential to advancing the goals of the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership, yielding both near- and long-term benefits for hybrid electric and hydrogen-fueled transportation.
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