Will Utah become ‘epicenter’ of research to electrify transportation?

In another step to advance the research of sustainable electrified vehicles, Utah State University is asking state higher education officials to authorize the university to issue up to $9.2 million in revenue bonds to update and expand its Electric Vehicle and Roadway building.

Utah stands to become the “epicenter” of electrified transportation nationally, if not worldwide, according to USU trustee and former Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser…

The updated building will accommodate a new program called ASPIRE, or the engineering research center for Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification. The program is made possible by a $26 million grant over five years, renewable to $50.6 million, from the National Science Foundation.

The research is dedicated to advancing sustainable, electrified transportation in all vehicle classes with the goal of improving air quality and creating a more equitable transportation and electrical utility infrastructure.