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January 30, 2023

Carnegie Mellon University Partners with 24M for ARPA-E $3.2M EV Award

By Sera Passerini

A Carnegie Mellon University team including Energy Fellow Venkat Viswanathan will partner with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and 24M for a $3.2 million EVs4ALL award from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The initiative will be focused on developing fast-charging and low-cost electric vehicle (EV) batteries.

The design of the batteries will consist of an ultra-thick SemiSolid cathode, an advanced wide-temperature, fast-charging electrolyte and a sodium super ionic conductor. The design will use an ultra-thick SemiSolid cathode made of sodium, and advanced wide-temperature, fast-charging electrolyte (developed through machine learning), and a solid electrolyte-based separator.

Viswanathan said about the award on Twitter, "Excited to embark on IONICS2.0 to advance [the] fast-charging frontier! Sodium being lower melting offers fundamental advantage; pairing 24M Tech's ultra-thick electrodes with Clio's electrolyte capability will unlock this."

Producing these low-cost, high energy density, fast-charging batteries will grow accessibility to EVs as the U.S. expands its adoption of electric vehicles. 


Read the press release from 24M