Stop-start battery systems continue to gain traction with automakers. The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) has now awarded a $2.28 million stop-start development contract to Leyden Energy Inc. of Fremont, CA. USABC is a consortium group made up of Chrysler, Ford and General Motors – and this award was also funded in part by the US Department of Energy (DOE).

The 16-month program will develop an advanced lithium-ion 12-volt start-stop battery system to meet or exceed the performance, life and cost targets set by USABC. Leyden Energy will design and develop the 12-volt using its own Li-imide chemistry. The project is co-funded by the DOE and includes a 50 percent cost-share by Leyden Energy.

This is the second USABC contract won by Leyden; previous research included a $117,733 contract for evaluation of its lithium-ion technology for EV applications in a pouch cell in relation to USABC EV battery goals.

USABC has a cooperative agreement with the DOE to "develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support commercialization of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles," according its press release (see below). USABC seems to be confident in stop-start battery systems, as do other automakers. Lux Research thinks there will be eight million of these vehicles on North American roads by 2017. The fuel savings are excellent, offering an increase up to 12 percent; but AAA has found that drivers have concerns about the durability of engines that shut off and fire back up constantly during their daily trips.
USABC AWARDS $2.28 MILLION START-STOP BATTERY SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT TO LEYDEN ENERGY

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., June 3, 2013 – The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), an organization whose members are Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, today announced the award of a $2.28 million stop-start battery system development contract to Leyden Energy Inc. of Fremont, Calif.

The award is co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and includes a 50 percent cost-share by Leyden Energy.

The focus of the 16-month program is to develop an advanced lithium-ion 12-volt start-stop battery system to meet or exceed the performance, life and cost targets set by USABC. Specifically, Leyden Energy will design and develop 12-volt start-stop cells using Leyden's Li-imide™ chemistry.

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

"We are pleased to announce the award of this contract to Leyden Energy as part of USABC's broad battery technology research and development programs," said Steve Zimmer, executive director of USCAR. "These programs are essential to advance the technology needed to meet both near- and long-term goals that will enable a broad spectrum of vehicle electrification."

The new contract is USABC's second with Leyden whose previous research with USABC included a competitively bid technology assessment contract for evaluation of its lithium-ion technology for EV applications in a pouch cell in relation to USABC EV battery goals.

The U.S. DOE's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic and energy security of the United States. DOE's Vehicle Technologies Program 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.

About USCAR
Founded in 1992, USCAR is the collaborative automotive technology company for Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors. The goal of USCAR is to further strengthen the technology base of the domestic auto industry through cooperative research and development.For more information, visit USCAR's website at www.uscar.org


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