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November 18, 2021 | Tom Ballard

UA, Alabama partners announce new Alabama Mobility and Power Center

Speaking of electric vehicles (EVs), a new partnership between the University of Alabama (UA), Alabama Power and Mercedes-Benz is designed to ensure that the original equipment manufacturers in the state remain competitive.

UA’s Board of Trustees has approved forming the Alabama Mobility and Power Center (AMP), which its creators hope will be a leading research and development center to speed along growth in the electric vehicle field. The AMP Center will be organized under the UA’s Alabama Transportation Institute and housed in the Smart Communities and Innovation Building, which was announced earlier this year. The center would be home to faculty and staff experts supporting private and government investment in new battery technologies, as well as infrastructure to charge electric vehicles.

It will also be focused on workforce preparation through a national training center, collaborations with the auto industry, and work with Alabama’s other auto manufacturers. As part of the partnership, Mercedes and Alabama Power will provide in-kind support, personnel and employee consultation on projects. Students will also receive mentoring, intern, research and career opportunities.
In addition to Mercedes, Alabama is also home to Honda, Hyundai and Toyota.

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