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January 21, 2024 | Tom Ballard

Two East TN organizations among recipients of awards for EV research

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville was awarded $1 million, while the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority was the recipient of $3,294,294.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than $131 million for 28 projects to advance research and development (R&D) in electric vehicle (EV) batteries and charging systems, and two of the recipients are in East Tennessee.

  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville was awarded $1 million for a project titled “Development of Low-Density Fe-Mn-Al Multi-Principal Element Alloys for Lightweighting Automobile Structural Components”; and
  • The Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority was the recipient of $3,294,294 for a project titled AI-Powered Autonomy-Aware Neighborhood Mobility Zones: Equitable Solutions and Business Models for Revamping Transportation.”

As part of the announcement, DOE awarded $60 million to the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) of Southfield, MI for an advanced battery consortium. The group will work towards developing advanced technologies to decarbonize transportation and support R&D that is responsive to the needs of EV manufacturers and battery suppliers— engaging with key stakeholders, including universities, national laboratories, and manufacturers that supply critical materials and components to the battery industry.


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