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Energy Department Announces $59M for Vehicle Energy Research

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The Department of Energy is investing a maximum of $59M to support research and development efforts on mobile energy technologies for use in vehicles. The projects encompass multiple types of energy applications including electric drive systems, batteries, mobility systems, power trains, engines and fuels, the department said Wednesday.

Studies will revolve around six research topics including solid state batteries, electric motor research, energy-efficient mobility systems and alternative fuel technology integration. Researchers will also develop predictive modeling capabilities to co-optimize fuels and multi-mode engines and build high-efficiency power trains made of lightweight and high temperature-resistant materials.

“Through this funding opportunity we are looking to partner with the best and brightest minds across the country to drive early-stage R and D for vehicle technologies forward,” said Mark Menezes, the undersecretary of energy.

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