DOE announces $209 million for electric vehicles battery research
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $209 million in funding for 26 new laboratory projects focusing on electric vehicles, advanced batteries and connected vehicles.
The country is completely dependent on importing battery components from abroad that deals with the national supply chain vulnerabilities that threaten to disrupt the availability and cost of these technologies.
The 26 national laboratory projects announced today will address four critical goals:
- Significantly reducing the cost and size of next-generation battery technology
- Advancing extreme fast charging to allow for batteries to be fully charged in less than 15-minutes
- Mitigating potential grid impacts of tens of millions of vehicles being charged across the nation
- Streamlining cooperative vehicle-to-vehicle communications and controls that reduce energy use and emissions
Advanced lithium-ion batteries play an important role nowadays as technologies such as electric vehicles, stationary grid storage, and defence applications will be critical to secure America’s clean energy future.
“President Biden’s Administration wants to make it easier for millions of American families and businesses to make the switch to electric vehicles,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “By developing smarter vehicle batteries, we can make these technologies cheaper and more accessible, while positioning America to become a global leader of EV infrastructure production and clean energy jobs.”
“NREL and the state of Colorado continue to lead the development of innovative energy storage and battery technologies that reduce our carbon emissions,” said U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (CO).
“These projects are exactly the type of research the federal government should invest in to decarbonize our energy system, modernize our infrastructure, support the growing domestic clean energy industries, and combat climate change.”
“As we focus on building back better, we have to prioritize cutting-edge technology that is cleaner, safer, and responsive to today’s domestic supply chain needs,” said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY).
“I am proud to have fought for this vital DOE funding to bring innovation home to New York State and our world-class Brookhaven National Laboratory. This investment is a down payment on a greener, more prosperous future for all of us, and I look forward to supporting more of these projects in the future.” “Colorado is at the forefront of clean energy innovation. This funding will quicken our transition to zero-emissions transportation,” said U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper (CO).
“California has long been at the forefront of developing electric vehicles, and we must continue to innovate this technology,” said U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (CA). “I’m proud to support this DOE funding that will provide tens of millions of dollars to support research at California labs working on the latest in energy storage and electric vehicle batteries. Developing this technology and unlocking its potential in the United States will help us address the climate crisis while strengthening our economy.”
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