Advanced Battery R&D Consortium
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO)
To drive innovation that can lead to the deployment of clean energy technologies. Specifically, it will ensure relevance and responsiveness to the needs of electric vehicle manufacturers via working with, and through a consortium, that brings together a significant fraction of the major manufacturers of electric drive vehicles in the U.S., to manage pre-competitive, vehicle-related Research and Development in advanced battery technology, with substantial involvement by the Department of Energy.
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
Eligible domestic institutions include institutions of higher education; For-profit entities; Non-profit entities, including those registered as 501(c)(5); and State and local, and tribal governments.
This program is designed to form partnerships between public and private sector to accelerate battery R&D for electric vehicles.
See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/
The awardee consortium/consortia are encouraged to include automobile manufacturers that are commercializing or intend to commercialize EVs. Participation in the consortium by other organizations including National Laboratories, materials suppliers, universities, and independent research organizations is permitted but not required.
The primary purpose of this consortium will be to fund and manage research to design, develop, build, and test EV battery technology with enhanced performance (low temperature, fast charge, more abuse tolerant), EV batteries using predominantly or solely earth abundant materials, beyond Li ion cell technology, development and use of earth abundant and domestically available energy storage materials, and more cost positive recycling processes, all of which have the potential of meeting or exceeding DOE’s light, medium, and heavy duty EV battery cost and performance targets. Where appropriate, the consortium will iterate and/or develop new battery targets.