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ANL Receives DOE Funding to Advance Electric Vehicle Technologies

As part of a U.S. Department of Energy’s push to improve electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, Argonne received $4.7 million in funding for three research projects exploring better battery and lubrication technologies. (Credit: Argonne National Laboratory)

Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) has received $4.7 million from the U.S. Department Of Energy (DOE) for three projects to develop new electric vehicle technologies, including capacitors, electrochemical couples and electrolytes for batteries intended for hybrid and electric vehicles.

The selections are part of a $45 million portfolio of 38 projects intended to advance vehicle technologies which will further improve fuel efficiency, lower transportation costs, and protect the environment.

A team led by Argonne Distinguished Fellow Khalil Amine will receive $2.5 million to develop next-generation batteries for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Amine, whose earlier battery work already made its way into the Chevy Volt, will further improve on lithium-ion batteries, the type currently used in cars, laptops and cell phones. The new system combines a high-energy cathode with a high-energy anode and a new, advanced electrolyte that would offer a significant increase in energy density over current batteries.
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