DOE to Provide up to $14 Million for Plug-In Hybrid Battery Research

April 5, 2007

DOE announced on April 5th that it will provide up to $14 million of a $28 million cost-shared solicitation for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) battery development. The U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) has issued the call for proposals. DOE and USABC aim to improve battery performance so vehicles can drive up to 40 miles on electricity before recharging, or the range of most daily roundtrip commutes. The research will seek to identify battery technologies that have the potential to be commercialized and quickly brought to market, in addition to meeting USABC's criteria for performance, weight, life-cycle, and cost.

DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies Program is working with industry to bring PHEV's to market and advance the President's Twenty in Ten plan, which aims to reduce gasoline usage 20% by 2017. USABC is the industry arm of the partnership, and as a consortium of the U.S. Council for Automotive Research, supports collaborative research among DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors Corporation to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support the commercialization of fuel cell, hybrid, and electric vehicles. The deadline for submission is May 31, 2007. See the DOE press release, the USABC's request for proposals, and DOE's FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies Program Web site.