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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.