DOE sponsors projects for vehicle lightweighting


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is to invest nearly $55 million in 24 projects to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies that will strengthen the U.S. clean energy economy. These technologies will also support the DOE's EV Everywhere Grand Challenge to make plug-in electric vehicles as affordable to own and operate as today's gasoline-powered vehicles by 2022. This program focuses on improving the performance of batteries and related systems and reducing their cost.

Sponsored projects include $2,987,269 (Federal cost share) for design, development, and demonstration of an ultra-light hybrid composite door and utilization of predictive engineering (PE) to identify robust material and process design cycles awarded to TPI Composites Inc. (Warren, RI).

Clemson University, meanwhile, will receive $2,249,994 for a project that will utilize a systems approach to design and demonstrate an ultra-lightweight, carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite door assembly through the integration of unique designs, novel materials, and manufacturing technologies and joining/assembly of sub-systems.
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