Princeton Gets Government Grant To Develop Better Batteries For Electric Cars

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy announced a grant of $963,389 to Princeton University for the development of longer-lasting rechargeable alkaline batteries to be used in electric vehicles.

Princeton University will use the grant award to develop unique alkaline battery chemistry for use in electric vehicles. Princeton University’s new technology uses abundant and inexpensive materials structured to enable a longer cycle life. If successful, Princeton’s new alkaline chemistry could result in low-cost electric vehicle batteries that require minimal shielding and packaging.

“I heartily congratulate Princeton University for this grant and for bolstering New Jersey’s reputation for innovation,” said U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ). “Electric vehicles reduce our dependence on oil, improve air quality, and are growing popular because they are fun to drive. I eagerly support Princeton University’s research unlocking the chemical secrets that will help make electric vehicles even more affordable and help American manufacturers continue their leadership position in the market.”
Princeton University’s research is one of 22 projects in the USDOE’s Robust Affordable Next Generation Energy Storage Systems (RANGE) program, which aims to accelerate widespread electric vehicle (EV) adoption by dramatically improving driving range and reliability, and by providing low-cost, low-carbon alternatives to today’s vehicles. The DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, which oversees the RANGE program, has awarded a total of $36 million to fund the 22 projects.

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