EERE’s Vehicle Technologies Office Releases the Research Plan to Reduce, Recycle, and Recover Critical Materials in Lithium-Ion Batteries

    From consumer electronics to national defense, lithium (Li)-ion batteries power our daily lives. Over the past 10 years, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) commitment to battery R&D has reduced the cost of Li-ion batteries by 80%, lowering the cost of electric vehicle battery packs to an estimated $197/kWh. To continue driving down costs for consumers and businesses, we must ensure that the United States has a sustainable supply chain of materials and reduce our reliance on critical materials. DOE’s work, detailed in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office’s (VTO) Research Plan to Reduce, Recycle, and Recover Critical Materials in Lithium-Ion Batteries, is at the forefront of battery R&D.

    DOE’s R&D portfolio addresses three pillars: diversifying global supply chains to mitigate supply risk; developing material and technology substitutes; and promoting recycling, reuse, and more efficient use to significantly lower global demand for critical materials. To mitigate potential Li-ion battery critical materials supply risks, DOE’s goal, by September 2022, is to reduce the cost of electric vehicle battery packs to less than an estimated $150/kWh with technologies that significantly reduce or eliminate dependency on critical materials and utilize recycled material feedstocks.

    To achieve this goal and address potential critical materials issues, VTO supports three key areas of R&D:

    Battery recycling lifecycle

    • Supporting laboratory, university, and industry research to develop low- or no-cobalt active cathode materials for next-generation Li-ion batteries;
    • Establishing the ReCell Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling R&D Center, focused on cost-effective recycling processes to recover Li-ion battery critical materials; and
    • Launching a Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize to incentivize American entrepreneurs to find innovative solutions to solve current challenges.  Read more about the Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize, or watch a video detailing the Prize.  

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    Sponsor the Statewide EV Roadshow!

    LCF and SLCFP are hitting the road... Join us!

    Louisiana Clean Fuels and the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership are proud to announce our statewide EV Road Show! At these demonstration events, we will provide participants with a hands-on vehicle and charging experience. Both privately owned and dealer vehicles will be available for the Ride & Drive from different automakers with models such as the Jaguar I-PACE, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Bolt, and Tesla models S, 3, and X. Charging demonstrations will give participants the opportunity to ask their toughest and most technical questions about charging speeds and connector types.

    Each participant will be asked to take part in our brief "pre" and "post" demonstration survey. After completing the demonstration and the survey, the participants will be given an official Louisiana EV Road Show T-shirt with your logo or company name on the back!


    $250  / Company name on back of the event t-shirt (Image to right)

    $500 / Company logo on event t-shirt and on the tablet home screen for the surveys

    Deadline to sponsor: July 31, 2019 (Artwork deadline is also July 31st)

    Payment: Mail checks to Louisiana Clean Fuels, PO Box 1771, Baton Rouge, LA 70821 (Please indicate EV Roadshow on the subject line of the check) or PayPal. 

    Artwork: Please email your high resolution, one-color logo to Ann Vail at [email protected] 


    Some locations and dates TBD. Many events will be held in conjunction with National Drive Electric Week or other large public events. Want to be a site host for an event? Call us!


    • Kentwood
    • Slidell


    • Alexandria
    • Abita Springs
    • Gonzales, LA / Tanger Outlet Mall / September 21st
    • New Orleans
    • Shreveport


    • Baton Rouge
    • Lafayette

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