ABB, EPRI, Universities Among Recipients of US DOE $80M Investment in EV Research

Last week the U.S. Department of Energy announced the winners of its Advanced Vehicles Technologies research program. DOE will invest a total of $80 million among 42 projects. The projects support advanced vehicle technologies that can enable more affordable mobility, strengthen domestic energy security, reduce our dependence on foreign sources of critical materials, and enhance U.S. economic growth. 

The projects are broken down into 5 categories with most of the them focused on electric vehicles (EVs) and EV charging infrastructure.

DOE awarded $31.9 million for research on batteries and electrification for projects that develop technologies to recharge multiple electric vehicles quickly and at very high “extreme” power levels; software, controls, and hardware to provide physical and cybersecurity protection of electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. An additional $26.8 million is for projects that bring together key stakeholders, including Clean Cities coalitions, in partnerships to provide data on the impact of mobility services and solutions through real-world testing and validation.

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DOE awarded additional money for materials research ($8.4 million), research on engines and fuels ($10.1 million) and off-road and fluid power systems ($3.4 million).

ABB’s award is for research into a real-time cyberattack and mitigation system that protects EVs, charging equipment and the grid. EPRI (the Electric Power Research Institute) received money for research into a modular, interoperable extreme fast charging system with direct connection to a medium voltage grid. 

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In addition, multiple universities received money for research into ways to eliminate or significantly reduce the use of cobalt in EVs batteries. The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center contributed funds to this research because the government views cobalt as a material that could pose supply risk. 

A complete list of winning projects can be found here.

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com

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