ARPA-E aims to reduce EV cost by two-thirds

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) has issued a funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0000869) for about USD$20 million to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that will improve electric vehicle driving range, cost and reliability.

The cleverly-named Robust Affordable Next Generation EV-Storage (RANGE) programme’s goal is to enable a threefold increase in electric vehicle range from the current 80 miles to a future 240 miles per charge, on average. At the same time, developments should be aimed at reducing the cost of a vehicle to around $30,000.

If successful, these vehicles will provide near cost and range parity to gasoline-powered versions, say ARPA-E, which would help accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in the US and elsewhere.

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