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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than $131 million for projects to advance research and development (R&D) in electric vehicle (EV) batteries and charging systems, and funding for a consortium to address critical priorities for the next phase of wide scale EV commercialisation.

The consortium aims to develop advanced technologies for decarbonising transportation and supporting R&D for EV manufacturers and suppliers.

It will engage with key stakeholders like universities, national laboratories, and manufacturers.

David Turk, US Deputy Secretary of Energy, said: 'The investments will supercharge the development of a convenient and reliable EV network, and expand the domestic battery supply chain–securing our nation’s energy independence and spurring economic opportunity.'

DOE has announced 27 projects to receive $71 million. These projects aim to develop innovative clean mobility options, alleviate supply chain concerns for EV batteries, and increase EV drive range.

Funded through DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office, the projects include developing long life-cycle, high-energy density lithium sulfur batteries, improving public transportation efficiency and convenience, advancing on-board EV charging systems, and increasing EV drive range by developing sustainable lightweight materials.

The US Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) will receive $60 million for advanced battery research and development to address the next phase of electric vehicle (EV) commercialisation.