Department of Energy Incentivizing EV Battery Development

The U.S. Department of Energy is incentivizing new educational efforts to make the United States a leader in electric vehicle batteries…

The DoE is partnering with Stellantis — maker of car brands like Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge and Fiat — to launch the Battery Workforce Challenge, a three-year competition aimed at colleges, vocational schools and other educational institutions. The goal of it is to boost not only the engineering brain power behind battery technology, but also the technicians who will be working on EVs.

Starting this year, the battery challenge will include a battery design and development student competition, aimed at vocational schools and universities from across North America “to design, build, test and integrate an advanced EV battery into a future Stellantis vehicle,” reads a press release announcing the program.

The Argonne National Laboratory will function as the government’s partner, which will work alongside Stellantis, helping to team with universities, as well as community colleges and vocational training.