Missouri-Based Doe Run Company's Lead Could Power Next Generation of Hybrid Vehicles

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The Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC), of which The Doe Run Company is a founding member, displayed the new LC Super Hybrid demonstrator vehicle at The Battery Show in Detroit. This hybrid car operates with a durable lead-carbon battery for improved mileage performance, reduced carbon-dioxide emissions and improved drivability at a reduced cost to consumers. Doe Run's Missouri lead could be integral in powering this new generation of hybrid vehicles.

The LC Super Hybrid concept car combines a carbon-enhanced lead-acid battery with other performance-enhancing features to meet the auto industry’s requirements for more fuel efficient and lower carbon-emitting vehicles. Researchers from the Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC), of which The Doe Run Company is a founding member, debuted the LC Super Hybrid demonstrator vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show in March. After being featured at several premier car and battery shows in Europe, the hybrid car will be on display at The Battery Show in Detroit, Nov. 13-15, 2012.

ALABC and its partners (Controlled Power Technologies Ltd., Valeo, AVL Schrick, Provector, Mubea, and Exide Technologies) created the LC Super Hybrid to test and demonstrate its revolutionary lead-carbon battery system. Unlike nickel-metal or lithium-ion batteries typically used in hybrid vehicles, lead-carbon batteries operate at a partial state of charge promoting greater durability. ALABC expects its micro-hybrid prototype with the lead-carbon battery system, supplied by Exide Technologies, can deliver nearly the same carbon dioxide reduction of a full hybrid, but at a more reasonable price and the power performance of a larger engine.

Doe Run is the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere, with about 90 percent of its metal production used by battery manufacturers.

“Doe Run and Missouri lead play a key role in providing products that are vital to our modern lifestyles, especially car batteries,” said John Likarish, marketing manager for Doe Run and a member of the ALABC. “Through our partnership with ALABC, we are supporting the research necessary to drive battery innovation on an international scale. These new lead-carbon battery technologies, combined with other available technologies, are demonstrating improved mileage performance, reduced carbon-dioxide emissions and improved drivability for hybrid cars at much reduced costs to consumers. Furthermore, with a recycling rate of 98 percent, lead-acid batteries are already America’s most recycled products.”

About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling facilities located in Boss, Mo. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiary deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit http://sustainability.doerun.com.

About the ALABC
The Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium is an international research cooperative comprised of lead producers, battery manufacturers, equipment suppliers, and research facilities organized to enhance the performance of lead-acid batteries for a variety of markets, including hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) applications. A program of the International Lead Zinc Research Organization (ILZRO), the ALABC pools the resources of its membership in order to perform specific research on advanced lead-acid batteries that otherwise would not be possible by single entities.

In 2012, the ALABC is celebrating 20 years of research and development success and is preparing for a new phase of its R&D program. For more information, about the ALABC and its accomplishments, visit http://www.alabc.org.

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