DOE’s goal is to help the U.S. automotive industry produce electric plug-in vehicles that offer the same level of convenience and affordability as gas-powered cars by 2022, the agency said Thursday.
Nineteen projects will focus on developing PEV components such as lithium-ion battery and wide bandgap semiconductors, and the other 12 will explore dual-fuel systems, coatings and lubricants, according to DOE.
“Investments in the next generation of vehicle technologies will both strengthen our economy and lead to a more fuel efficient, clean energy future,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
The Department of the Army has invested $3.7 million in vehicle power technology development projects through a partnership with DOE.
DOE says the military organization seeks new systems and approaches for minimizing friction and wear in motor vehicle powertrain.