MTU receives federal funding for electric vehicle research
HOUGHTON, MI-- Michigan Technological University has received $2.8 million from the Department of Energy to develop control systems for hybrid electric vehicles.
Tech is one of three Michigan recipients of grants from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. The university will work to reduce energy consumption in electric vehicles by 20 percent. Researchers hope to achieve that by using on-board or cloud-based sensors, data, and computers to help the vehicle better process and react to its surrounding environment.
The technology will be tested on a fleet of vehicles provided through a partnership with General Motors, using Tech’s mobile laboratory as a computing and communications center.