US-ABC Collaborates to Lower Cost of Electric Drive Batteries

Project Overview
Positive Impact: Reducing battery vehicle costs.
U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium funds electrochemical storage R&D.
Locations: Michigan
Partners: Chrysler, Ford, General Motors
EERE Investment: $7.5 million
Clean Energy Sector: Sustainable transportationPDF

The U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium (US-ABC) is a group that funds electrochemical storage research and development. The group, which consists of Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors, partners with EERE to support these projects with both funding and non-financial resources—such as testing facilities. The partnership has supported a number of up-and-coming battery companies, and the collaboration has helped all of the partners to benefit from the research. Past EERE-supported US-ABC research has helped reduce production costs of automotive lithium-ion batteries by 50% since 2008. The participating companies dedicated $7.5 million toward US-ABC in 2011.

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