U.S. DOE ARPAE - DE-FOA-0002760: Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living (EVs4ALL)


Event details

Date 16.06.2022  
Category Call for proposal
AIM: As the U.S. works to decarbonize the transportation sector and produce an increasing amount of “clean” (zero emission) electricity, electric vehicles (EVs) become logical alternatives to internal combustion engines (ICEs). However, to accelerate and/or broaden EV adoption, consumer-centric considerations need to be more thoroughly addressed, including cost, convenience, reliability, and safety. Although it is expected that EVs will continue to gain market share domestically, significantly more effort is required to address and remove key technology barriers to EV adoption among a greater percentage of the population. In response to these challenges, ARPA-E's Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living (EVs4ALL) program will focus on advancing next-generation battery technologies that have the potential to significantly improve affordability, convenience, reliability, and safety of EVs compared to those available today. If the EVs4ALL program can successfully achieve its primary objective, which is to increase domestic EV adoption through elimination of key battery detractors such as slow charge time, disappointing winter performance, concerns regarding resilience and high cost, it will directly impact three ARPA-E mission areas as follows:
  • 80% adoption of electrically powered passenger cars in the U.S. could reduce annual energy consumption by 4 quadrillion British Thermal Units (Quads), thereby improving the energy efficiency of the sector.
  • 80% adoption of electrically powered cars could reduce overall CO2 emissions by 800 million tons/year, thereby reducing energy-related emissions.
  • Solutions to the missions above may also target the utilization of “noncritical” battery materials in order to address supply chain risk and drive down cost, thereby reducing imports of critical metals and supporting ARPA-E’s energy independence mission.

AREAS OF INTEREST: The overarching goal of the EVs4ALL program is to leverage new battery innovations at the material, electrode, and cell design level to mitigate the primary EV adoption detractors to the greatest extent possible. Specific program objectives considered to be critical for accomplishing this mission include the following:
  • Achieve a charge rate that is equivalent to restoring 80% of cell nominal capacity in 5-15 minutes.
  • Reduce low temperature battery performance losses by at least 50%.
  • Retain a minimum of 90% capacity (relative to initial values) after the battery has delivered 200,000 miles of equivalent and cumulative range.
  • Identify a compelling pathway to a battery cost of < $75/kWh at credible commercial scale.
  • Implement both new and existing test protocols to verify safety of new battery chemistries and cell designs.

DEADLINE: Required Concept Papers (4 pages in length including graphics, figures, and/or tables): June 16, 2022
Full Applications: TBD

ELIGIBILITY: EPFL researchers are eligible to participate as subawardee or as a prime if they possess skills, resources and abilities that do not exist among potential applicants in the U.S. Let the Research Office know if you wish to apply as a prime and if a waiver is needed.

FUNDING: Individual awards may vary between $1 million and $6 million in Federal share. The period of performance for funding agreements may not exceed 36 months. ARPA-E expects the start date for funding agreements to be March 2023, or as negotiated.

HOW TO APPLY: Get in touch with potential partners in the U.S. if you wish to participate as a partner in a collaborative project. To apply as a prime, Applicants must register with and submit application materials through ARPA-E eXCHANGE (https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/Registration.aspx ).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please refer to the DE-FOA-0002760 (a Q&A webpage is available) and contact the Research Office for any question and assistance.


Practical information

  • General public
  • Free