DOE Serves up Funding for Advanced Vehicle Tech Research

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $59 million in funding for advanced vehicle technologies research.

Offered through the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the funding opportunity seeks projects to address priorities in advanced batteries and electric drive systems, energy-efficient mobility systems, materials for more efficient powertrains, co-optimized advanced engine and fuel technologies, and alternative fuels and new mobility options.

Topic areas include the following:

  • Topic 1: Solid State Batteries – Materials, Diagnostic Tools, and Modeling (up to $12.5 million): Projects will focus on developing new solid electrolytes that can address materials challenges and enable next-generation chemistries that reduce costs and improve energy density and cycle life.
  • Topic 2: Electric Motor Research Increasing Power Density 8x (up to $3.5 million) – Projects will focus on materials and designs that decrease the size and increase the power density of electric drive systems by a factor of eight while achieving cost reduction and performance improvement targets for more affordable electric drive systems.
  • Topic 3: Energy-Efficient Mobility Systems Research (up to $7 million) – Projects will focus on vehicle automation and connectivity to improve transportation system-level efficiency for travelers, vehicles and infrastructure, reducing the time, cost and energy required to move people and goods.
  • Topic 4: Predictive Modeling Capabilities for the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Multi-Mode Engines ($3.5 million) – Projects will focus on improving the accuracy, speed and predictive capability of multi-mode combustion simulation models for current high-performance computing systems and future exascale level systems.
  • Topic 5: New Materials and Engine Technologies for High-Efficiency Powertrains (up to $15 million) – Projects will develop innovative powertrain systems that combine advanced materials that reduce weight and enable higher engine temperatures with new combustion strategies to improve vehicle fuel economy.
  • Topic 6: Technology Integration (up to $17.5 million) – Projects will focus on alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure for resiliency and emergency preparedness, new mobility services in rural America, alternative fuel (e.g., natural gas, propane, electricity and hydrogen) proof-of-concept demonstrations in new communities and fleets, and electric vehicle data collection. There is also an open topic specific to Clean Cities coalitions seeking innovative ideas for alternative fuel and mobility solutions.

More information can be found at the EERE Exchange website or grants.gov.

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