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.
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.
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.