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China, U.S. to release EV cooperation scheme by next January

SHENZHEN – Keith Hardy, senior technical advisor of Argonne National laboratory (ANL), told the EVS25 audience that the U.S. and China would launch a cooperation project for EV and battery development by January 2011.

The U.S.-China Electric Vehicles Initiative was announced in November 2009 during President Obama’s visit to China in order to strengthen the two countries’ cooperation in developing EVs.

According to Hardy, the two sides held a U.S.-China EV & Battery Workshop in October. Hardy was the head of the workshop and representatives from both countries discussed battery technology road-mapping, battery test procedure, vehicle demonstration and infrastructure building and identified the scope of cooperation and steps that were to follow.

“Led by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MOST), we plan to do research in battery materials and diagnostic tools,” Hardy told the audience at a panel on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. “The Initiative would also perform the battery test procedures in both countries, with test data collected by ANL and Tsinghua University in China. In addition, EV demonstration may be conducted in Los Angeles, Shanghai and Shenzhen in the future,” said Hardy.

“Both sides have the intent of cooperation and have begun communications, but we still do not know how long it will take for the Initiative to yield specific results,” Hardy told CBU/CAR after he spoke at the workshop with panelists from DOE and ANL.

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