Purdue University has been selected to take part in a multi-university effort to develop a new engineering research center to study advancing sustainable, electrified transportation. The ERC, which will be located at Utah State University, received a five-year, $26 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
The center is named ASPIRE – Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification.
It’s focused on developing new infrastructure that facilitates the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.
“In these early days of electrified transportation, it is important to address the challenges and opportunities of the next decade and beyond,” said Mark Lundstrom, acting dean of Purdue University’s College of Engineering.
While the center will be located at Utah State, Purdue will play an integral role in research.
“The field of transportation is in the midst of a transformation not experienced since the invention of the automobile,” said Nadia Gkritza, Purdue’s director for ASPIRE and professor of civil engineering.
“Although the emergence of electric vehicles has shown capabilities of decreasing energy use and emissions levels, the EV market is developing slowly, due mainly to drivers’ range anxiety and to charging time.
In addition to the initial $26 million, the NSF grant is renewable to 10 years and $50.6 million.