The University of Michigan-Dearborn will soon offer more graduate level courses in the area of electric and hybrid vehicles thanks to a cool $1 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The university was recently awarded the money from the DOE‘s Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) initiative.
The GATE initiative plans to award a total of $6.4 million over the course of five years to support seven Centers of Excellence at American colleges and universities. As part of the initiative, the universities will focus on automotive technology in the areas of hybrid propulsion, energy storage, and lightweight materials.
University of Michigan’s Center of Excellence will be added on to the school’s existing Ph.D. and master’s degree programs in automotive systems engineering. It will also fund research in the area of electric drive vehicles, including battery electric vehicles, extended-range electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
At least seven new graduate courses are also expected to be developed as a result of the new funding. Those courses will be centered in the areas of power electronics, energy storage and energy conversion systems. Four existing courses in the powertrain concentration and vehicle electronics concentration will be revised.