University of Michigan’s College of Engineering recently announced the creation of an on-campus laboratory that will focus on making electric vehicle batteries cheaper and longer lasting, according to the Detroit News. The lab has received $8 million in funding from the university, Michigan Economic Development Corp., and Ford Motor Company and will be available for automakers, battery makers and university researchers to test their battery cells by simulating the wear and tear of 150,000 driving miles over 10 years.
According to the article, the lab will be open for users by fall 2014. “This kind of collaboration is essential to addressing complex challenges like sustainable energy and efficient transportation,” U-M President Mary Sue Coleman told the Detroit Free Press.
Keep an eye out for the October issue of Prism and an article on battery research.