The National Science Foundation is providing a five-year, $26 million grant to establish an engineering research center for sustainable, electrified transportation. The center, called Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification (ASPIRE), will focus on developing new infrastructure that facilitates widespread electric vehicle adoption. It’s slated to open September 1.
Purdue University is the only Midwest-based founding institution named in the new public-private collaboration, although Argonne National Laboratory and some Midwest companies — including Cummins and John Deere — are named as strategic partners.
The research center expects to raise more than $200 million in the next 10 years from government and industry support.
The center will engage with educational and mentoring opportunities for students at all levels to boost STEM skills and interest in related careers.
“Although the emergence of electric vehicles has shown capabilities of decreasing energy use and emissions levels, the EV market is developing slowly, due mainly to drivers’ range anxiety and to charging time,” Nadia Gkritza, Purdue professor of civil engineering and agricultural and biological engineering, said in a news release.
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