April 10, 2012
USABC Awards $5.48 million Battery Technology Development Contract to Johnson Controls Inc.
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 $5.48 million lithium-ion battery technology development contract to Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc.
The award, which completes work begun under previous contracts, is co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and includes a 50 percent cost-share by Johnson Controls. USABC awarded the contract to continue Johnson Controls’ development of lithium-ion battery technology for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) applications to meet USABC goals for low cost, long life, high power and high energy vehicle systems.
The focus of this 24-month program is to further increase the volumetric energy density of a hard-cased prismatic cell technology developed in a preceding USABC-Johnson Controls program through a combination of innovative material and processing advances. The improved energy density is aimed at reducing cost, volume and mass. All cells will be built either in Johnson Controls Battery Technology Center in Milwaukee or its Li-ion manufacturing facility in Holland, Mich.