The University of Michigan has set up an $88-million battery lab that is set to develop cheaper and more efficient batteries that will make electrified cars more affordable.
Ford is the only automaker partnering in the lab housed at the U-M Energy Institute. As the lab should be equipped and running by this time next year, it will be used for prototyping, testing and analyzing batteries and the materials that go into them.
Ford contributed $2.1 million, augmenting $5 million from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and about $900,000 from the U-M College of Engineering.
“There is nothing like it in the industry,” said Anand Sankaran, Ford chief engineer for energy storage and hybrid systems. Ted Miller, who manages Ford’s battery research, said the automaker has battery labs that test and validate production-ready batteries, “but nothing this far upstream. This is sorely needed.”
“This kind of collaboration is essential to addressing complex challenges like sustainable energy and efficient transportation,” said U-M President Mary Sue Coleman.
Ford engineers welcome an opportunity to learn how to build and test small battery cells, work with suppliers to evaluate new technology and study how materials degrade over time.
The new lab will be available for any firm and students will have access to state-of-the-art equipment and experts. The Energy Institute also envisions the new facility as a safe zone for non-competitive collaboration.
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