By Emily YoonIn February, the DOE’s Office of Science awarded a DOE-sponsored $1.9 billion contract to the Department of Energy to begin the construction of a $25 million research lab at the University of Michigan’s LQ 4 school of Mechanical Engineering.
The $25M contract includes the first DOE-led design, construction and test of a 1-tonne (2.8-metre) “steering” system that will allow engineers to use an electric motor for the first time on a vehicle, according to a DOE news release.
The system will be powered by an electric-drive motor and will be used for a test of the technology on a prototype electric vehicle.
The $25 Million project was first announced in September and was announced in the Loyola University of Chicago’s Engineering Excellence in Transportation Research Program.
The DOE awarded the contract in the spring of 2020 to the University at Buffalo.
The LQ-4 school is part of the DOE National Laboratory (NL) in the Jackson Laboratory Complex in the College of Engineering.
It provides a facility for development and testing of high-technology, low-cost advanced manufacturing technologies.
This includes advanced materials, high-speed manufacturing, and advanced design and manufacturing.
“The new research and development center at the UB campus is the next step in DOE’s ongoing efforts to improve the performance of electric vehicles and to improve safety and security in the electric-vehicle and autonomous-driving space,” said Dr. Andrew M. Hodge, UB Professor and Chair of the LOYO Engineering School of Engineering, in a news release announcing the award.
“We are committed to supporting our students, faculty, and community by developing a technology-based electric-car platform for the future.
This work will benefit UB’s future mobility programs and will benefit the whole UB community.”
The $1 million contract was awarded in March of 2021 and is expected to be completed by 2021.
The project will be overseen by the Office of Engineering and Technology Policy at the DOE, the University’s Engineering Department, and the U-M’s Engineering Technology Center.
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