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The Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies (BATT) Program is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies Program (FCVT) to help develop high-performance rechargeable batteries for use in electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs). The work is carried out by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and several other organizations, and is organized into six separate research tasks.
The Berkeley Electrochemical Research Council (BERC) performs and oversees research on advanced rechargeable batteries and fuel cells. BERC manages the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies (BATT) Program, which is the electrochemical research arm of the DOE Office of FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies. BERC utilizes the scientific facilities of the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the University of California, and coordinates research at other institutions, in the search for electrochemical power sources that are suitable for electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as other exciting applications.
The Vehicle Technologies Program is developing more energy efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum. The long-term aim is to develop "leap frog" technologies that will provide Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.
USCAR is an organization formed by Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors to strengthen the technology base of the domestic auto industry through cooperative, pre-competitive research.
The United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR) was founded in 1992. Its goal is to further strengthen the technology base of the U.S. auto industry through cooperative research and development. USCAR is composed of a number of specialized groups that focus on specific research areas. These goals are often accomplished through partnerships with various stakeholders including the federal government, educational institutions and suppliers. USCAR demonstrates the power of collaboration. It enables the U.S. automakers to do great things efficiently and effectively. Individually, these same tasks would be far more difficult, potentially redundant, and in many instances, impossible to achieve as quickly by individual companies.