USABC is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), the collaborative automotive technology organization for Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Company. With funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support commercialization of electric, hybrid electric and fuel cell vehicles.
Maxwell will lead a team that is tasked with the development and integration of advanced capacitor technologies to produce an energy storage system that meets performance requirements outlined in the USABC Lower Energy-Energy Storage System specification for PHEVs while managing cost to the lowest possible level. This will require technology advances in energy and power density compared with existing capacitor systems. Maxwell will be responsible for capacitor technology development, module technology and design, electrode formulation and system integration. Development partners will provide low-cost, high performance separator membrane and electrolyte specifically developed for this program.
"Higher performance, lower cost, energy storage systems are essential to meeting growing worldwide demand for more fuel-efficient, lower emission vehicles," said David Schramm, Maxwell’s president and chief executive officer. "The technical foundation of the product this program aims to develop can be instrumental in strengthening the American automakers’ competitive position within a global auto industry that annually produces some 60 million cars."
USABC is a subsidiary of USCAR. Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy, USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support commercialization of electric, hybrid electric and fuel cell vehicles.
Founded in 1992, USCAR is the collaborative automotive technology organization for Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Company. The goal of USCAR is to further strengthen the technology base of the domestic auto industry through cooperative research and development.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s overarching mission is to advance the national, economic and energy security of the United States. DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Program works with industry academia and national laboratories to develop advanced transportation technologies that reduce the nation’s use of imported oil and increase our energy security. Electrochemical energy storage has been identified as a critical enabling technology for advanced, fuel-efficient, light and heavy duty vehicles.
Maxwell is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative, cost-effective energy storage and power delivery solutions. Our BOOSTCAP® ultracapacitor cells and multi-cell modules provide safe and reliable power solutions for applications in consumer and industrial electronics, transportation and telecommunications. Our CONDIS® high-voltage grading and coupling capacitors help to ensure the safety and reliability of electric utility infrastructure and other applications involving transport, distribution and measurement of high-voltage electrical energy. Our radiation-mitigated microelectronic products include power modules, memory modules and single board computers that incorporate powerful commercial silicon for superior performance and high reliability in aerospace applications.