US DoE announces major funding pot for e-mobility development
The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $131 million for projects to advance research and development in electric vehicle batteries and charging systems, as well as funding for a consortium to address critical priorities for the next phase of widescale EV commercialization.
In order to achieve its goals, the Department of Energy plans to engage with key stakeholders, including universities, national laboratories, and manufacturers that supply critical materials and components to the battery industry. As the initiators write, securing the domestic battery supply chain and developing innovative solutions to electrify the transportation sector support President Biden’s Investing in America agenda and are “crucial steps in achieving a clean energy future.”
For the fiscal year 2023, the DoE announced 27 projects to benefit from $71 million in funding for clean mobility research and supply chain improvements. Specifically, the selected projects were to 1) Lower the cost of EV batteries using inexpensive, abundant materials, 2) Improve the efficiency and convenience of public transportation, 3) Advance on-board EV charging systems and finally, 4) Increase EV drive range. In all projects, alternative resources and lighter construction played a fairly large role, “including door panels and EV battery enclosures.”
“The Biden-Harris Administration is helping drive forward the innovation and research needed to provide clean, cheap and accessible transportation solutions for all Americans,” said US Deputy Secretary of Energy David M. Turk. He added: “The investments announced today will supercharge the development of a convenient and reliable EV network, and expand the domestic battery supply chain—securing our nation’s energy independence and spurring economic opportunity.”