Ministry of Energy grants $ 18 million for development of automated vehicles
The Department of Energy has provided $ 18 million in funding for four auto projects it says will advance the White House’s goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The funds will be awarded under Phase II of Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Automated On-Road Vehicles, a program launched in 2016 by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. The program aims to develop connected and automated vehicle technology, its first phase emphasizing the development of such technology for all classes of vehicles.
The second phase will focus on light passenger vehicles and aim for an overall reduction of 30% in energy consumption. These vehicles account for nearly 60% of the energy consumption of all vehicles, according to the department.
The winners include the University of California at Berkeley, which will receive $ 3.75 million; Michigan Technological University, which will receive $ 4.5 million; Ohio State University, which will receive $ 4.93 million; and the Southwest Research Institute, which will receive $ 5.25 million.
“The same nifty features that make cars easier to drive can also make them much more efficient, use less gasoline and save drivers money at the pump,” the Energy Secretary said. Jennifer granholmJennifer GranholmBiden visits Ida’s damage in Louisiana: “We’re going to be there for you” Overnight Energy & Environment – Presented by the American Petroleum Institute – A warning shot on Biden Biden’s .5T plan to take over the role of ” chief comforter “with Louisiana travel PLUS said in a statement. “These technologies are winners for drivers, and they will also lead to more jobs, a cleaner transport sector and rapid progress towards our carbon-free future.”
“Michigan workers, manufacturers and universities are the best in the world and continue to lead the development of next generation vehicles,” Sen said. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann Stabenow Senators call on Taiwan for help tackling auto chip shortage Photos of the week: Infrastructure vote, India floods and bears Senate Democrats attempt to defuse GOP PLUS budget drama (D-Mich.) Said in a statement. “Michigan Tech is one of those institutions at the forefront of creating longer range electric and autonomous vehicles, improving safety and making our cars more energy efficient. This investment will allow Michigan to remain a world leader.
The announcement is the latest of several ministry initiatives offering renewable energy development grants and loans. Last week Granholm announcement the energy department will resume a loan program that included a $ 465 million loan to Tesla.