$50m for US electric vehicle development projects

The department is making available more than US$50 million across five R&D areas connected to the development of electric vehicles with the U.S. Army contributing $3.5 million for any crossover projects through the Advanced Vehicle Power Technology Alliance between the organizations.

Battery development projects are expected to include improvements in cell chemistry, composition and processing, and advanced electrolytes for next-generation lithium ion cells. Meanwhile, power systems projects could include the development of cheaper inverters and capacitors able to withstand higher temperatures.

The Department of Energy‘s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge aims to make electric vehicles as competitively priced as conventional vehicles within 10 years and other R&D areas open to funding include materials, heating and air conditioning and fuels and lubricants.

Industrial projects, national laboratories and university-led teams have until April 29 to bid for funding.