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November 01, 2021 | Tom Ballard

TTU receives a little more than $4 million in latest DOE funding announcement

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $199 million to fund 25 projects, including one in Tennessee, that are aimed at putting cleaner cars and trucks on America’s roads, including long-haul trucks powered by batteries and fuel cells, and at improving the nation’s electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

The vast majority of the funding announced yesterday goes to the SuperTruck 3 initiative involving five heavy vehicles manufacturers who will receive a combined $127 million to pioneer electrified medium- and heavy-duty trucks and freight system concepts to achieve higher efficiency and zero emissions. Those projects will be funded over five years, subject to appropriations, and recipients will match federal funding, dollar-for-dollar.

One of the 20 other recipients is Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville which received $4,012,930 for its proposal titled “Rural Reimagined: Building an EV Ecosystem and Green Economy for Transforming Lives in Economically Distressed Appalachia.”

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