DETROIT (April 11, 3 p.m. ET) — The U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium has awarded a $5.48 million contract to automotive supplier Johnson Controls Inc. to continue development of lithium ion battery technology for plug-in hybrid vehicles.
The contract, co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, is meant to help complete the work begun under previous contracts and includes a 50 percent cost-share by Johnson Controls.
The 24-month program is aimed at improving energy density in lithium ion batteries to reduce cost, volume and mass. Work will be done in Johnson Controls' Battery Technology Center in Milwaukee or its lithium ion manufacturing facility in Holland, Mich.
The consortium is a division of the United States Council for Automotive Research. The consortium's members are Chrysler Group, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors.
“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 and alternative-fuel hybridization,” Steve Zimmer, executive director of USCAR, said in a statement Monday.
The new contract is USABC's third with Johnson Controls, whose previous research with the consortium includes bid contracts for developing battery technologies and lithium ion battery systems for hybrid electric vehicles.
Johnson Controls is based in Glendale, Wis.