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ASU research team lands $2 million for electric vehicle research

An Arizona State University research team will receive $2 million to develop multi-functional cells for electric vehicles.

The ASU project is one of 22 projects in 15 states that will receive a portion of $36 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to develop transformational electric vehicle energy storage systems.

The ASU team, which includes Cody Friesen, associate professor in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy in Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, will develop an “innovative, formable battery that can be incorporated as a structural element in the vehicle.

“Unlike today’s batteries which require significant packaging and protection, ASU’s non-volatile chemistry could better withstand collision because the battery would be more widely distributed throughout the vehicle,” according to a statement. “The chemistry minimizes conventional protection and controls while enabling it to store energy and provide structure, thus making vehicles lighter and safer.”

Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, senior vice president for ASU’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, said they are “very excited to embark on this innovative project that will radically transform how electric vehicle batteries are manufactured.
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