The US Department of Energy has committed to contributing $14 million dollars to a $28 million project being run by the US Advanced Battery Consortium. The USABC is part of the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) which is an umbrella organization for US based carmakers to do joint research into advanced technologies. The battery project is part of an effort develop commercially viable batteries for plug-in hybrid vehicles that would allow for forty miles of electric driving range. The goals of the project are to identify battery chemistries that can last the life of the car without replacement, keep cost to a manageable level and provide the necessary levels of performance under the range of driving conditions that a mass produced car would encounter.
[Source: Department of Energy]