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USABC grants funds worth $3.5 million to Zenlabs Energy for LCFC battery tech development

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The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) has announced it has been awarded a $3.5 million technology development contract to Zenlabs Energy Inc. of Fremont, California for the development of a low-cost fast charger technology (Low-Cost/Fast-Charge (LCFC)).

The award, which provides for a 50 percent cost-sharing, will fund a 24-month project that began earlier this year. The program focuses on the development of electrolytes and active materials that form a stable passivation layer on the surface of both the anode and cathode, and addresses the remaining challenges related to high-energy, high-performance, and low-cost silicon-dominated anode cells for electric vehicle applications. This is Zenlabs' third contract with USABC.

"Zenlabs' award to develop low-cost fast-charging technologies comes as part of USABC's broad battery technology research and development program," said Steve Zimmer, Executive Director of USCAR.

"Programs like this are critical to the advancement of technologies needed to meet both short- and long-term goals that enable greater scale electrification of vehicles." 

Author : Moulin Oza
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