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University of Michigan-Dearborn will develop a power electronics laboratory for PHEV power converter, battery pack, and e-motor testing and characterization.

Published: 22-Dec-2009

Back in August, President Barack Obama unveiled an unprecedented investment as part of a massive, $2.4-billion effort to accelerate the manufacturing and deployment of hybrid electric vehicles and new-generation batteries -- and to create thousands of jobs. The goal is a million plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on the road by 2015.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn will be part of this historic effort. Chrysler Group LLC, which received $48 million of the federal grant monies, has awarded Chris Mi, UM-Dearborn associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, $3.1 million for his proposed "Ram Pickup Truck PHEV Development and Demonstration Project.."

The $2.4 billion investment is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.


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