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Quallion LLC to bid for DOE grant for a $ 220-million lithium ion battery manufacturing facility in California

Company logo of Quallion LLC. Image sourced from Quallion LLC

Quallion LLC, a manufacturer of high quality lithium ion batteries, has submitted a proposal to the US Department of Energy (DOE) for a grant under the Recovery Act – Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Component Manufacturing Initiative to build a $220 million lithium ion battery manufacturing facility in Southern California.

By expanding its operations, the company hopes to make the United States a leader in the lithium ion battery industry, which is currently dominated by Asian companies. The facility will also aid the nation in reaching President Obama’s goal to Get One Million Plug-In Hybrid Cars on the Road by 2015.

If the DOE funding is obtained, Quallion would be able to construct a production facility that will allow for the mass production of large-format lithium ion batteries for heavy duty trucks through the use of its proprietary technologies. Some of these technologies include the Zero-Volt battery technology, which removes the charge of high voltage batteries while they are being handled by technicians in order to ensure the safety in manufacturing and while servicing them, and the SaFE-LYTE technology, which introduces a fire extinguishing element in the battery that does not affect its performance. Another technology that the company utilizes is its Matrix technology that allows the configuration of scalable battery designs to be used in a variety of vehicles ranging from heavy duty trucks to passenger cars.

The facility is expected to be fully operational by 2012 and will have an annual production capacity of more than 20,000 lithium ion batteries per year. The initial focus of the facility is to manufacture zero-emission advanced lithium ion batteries to replace engine idling as a power source for stationary trucks. Engine idling consumes 960 million gallons of diesel fuel and emits 11 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually, which prompted 24 states and the District of Columbia to implement anti-idling laws. Through the production of the lithium ion batteries, Quallion will be able to eliminate unnecessary pollution and reduce the nation’s consumption of fossil fuels.

The construction of the facility will generate more than 500 construction and manufacturing jobs, while up to 2,350 full-time employees are needed once the facility is complete.

Quallion LLC is one of the largest lithium ion cell manufacturers outside of Asia, with an annual production rate of 60,000 units per year and the annual production capacity of over 200,000 cells. The company manufactures high-quality lithium ion batteries for military, medical, aerospace, and automotive applications. These cell designs range from cylindrical 1.8 mAh cells for medical implants to large 15 and 72 Ah prismatic cells. The company’s headquarters is located in Sylmar, California.

Natassia Y. Laforteza



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