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5Recharge Wrap-up: Nissan Leaf in Puerto Rico, BMW i3 REx tax-free in NJ, BC2BC cancelled [UPDATE]

US and China Sign MOU On EVs, Energy

*UPDATE: Nissan has released a video of the Leaf in Puerto Rico, so we've embedded it below.

AddUSABC awards Leyden $2.28 million contract for lithium ion stop-start battery

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).

7LG Chem awarded $9.62 million to drive down cost of plug-in hybrid battery packs

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) – a research collaboration between Chrysler, Ford and General Motors – has awarded LG Chem Power a $9.62-million development contract to focus on reducing the cost of lithium-ion battery packs for plug-in hybrid vehicles with 40 miles of electric-only range (PHEV 40).

3USABC awards A123 Systems $8m contract to develop nanophosphate li-ion batteries

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a research collaboration between Chrysler Group, Ford Motor and General Motors, has awarded A123 Systems an $8 million, 24-month contract, which the firm will use to continue its quest to develop its patented Nanophosphate lithium-ion battery systems. A123 Systems touts its Nanophosphate cell technology as a smaller, lighter, lower-cost alternative to more traditional li-ion battery cells. A123 Systems foresees a future where its Nanopho

2USABC awards $15.6m for development of advanced batteries

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a research collaboration between Chrysler Group, Ford Motor and General Motors, announced recently that it will award approximately $15.6 million for advanced battery development projects to three automotive supply firms:

4USABC awards $5.43m for advanced battery research

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a research collaboration between Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Company, has announced that it will award $5.43 million to fund development and assessment of advanced battery projects. The contracts will be issued to five firms and are funded, in part, by the U.S. Department of Energy.

16USABC - GM, Chrysler, Ford - looking for help on four advanced automotive battery projects

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), made up of Chrysler, Ford and GM, wants to hear proposals for new and better electric vehicle batteries. Through January 29th, the consortium will be accepting requests for proposal information (RFPIs) for four different projects:

AddUSABC gives $2.3 million grant to develop lithium battery components

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) announced a $2.3 million grant to develop lithium battery technologies. USABC, which is under the umbrella of United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR), a research organization between Detroit's Big Three, awarded the grant, in collaboration with the Department of Energy, to Celgard, LLC. Celgard is a company that supplies materials for lithium-ion batteries. According to the press release (which you can find after the jump), Celg

AddJohnson Controls-Saft get $8.2m for batteries, calls money-givers ignorant

Johnson Controls-Saft has been awarded a contract worth some $8.2 million for the development of lithium ion batteries and the associated system that goes into making them an automotive-ready pack. The goal is to find out how feasible the planned push for PHEVs really is. According to Mary Ann Wright, head of the Johnson Controls-Saft joint venture and vice president at GM for Johnson Controls' hybrid battery business, "Specifically, key goals for this PHEV contract are to optimize cell and batt

AddCompact Power Inc. gets PHEV development contract from USABC

Compact Power Inc is on something of a roll lately. They and parent LG Chem of South Korea have reportedly won contracts supply lithium ion batteries to Hyundai/Kia for upcoming hybrid models and are rumored to be the front runner to the supply contract for the production Chevrolet Volt. CPI's latest deal comes from the United States Advanced Battery Consortium. USABC is a research consortium comprised of the three domestic automakers along with funding from the Department of Energy for basic re

AddA123 Systems gets $12.5 million PHEV battery deal from USABC

A123 Systems has just earned yet another development contract for developing lithium ion cells for plug-in hybrid applications. The US Advanced Battery Consortium and the Department of Energy have awarded a $12.5 million, 36 month contract to A123. The company has already been working on several automotive plug-in hybrid battery applications including the Saturn Vue PHEV and the Chevy Volt. A123 also purchased Hymotion last year, a company that has been developing plug-in conversion kits for exi

AddDepartment of Energy to kick $14 million for PHEV battery research

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 ran

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