Argonne National Laboratory develops and has managed collegiate vehicle technology competitions for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for more than a decade. The latest of these, EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future is a three-year collegiate student competition and the only program of its kind. Kicking off in 2011, the competition focuses on vehicle integration of advanced propulsion technologies and offers an unparalleled hands-on, real-world experience to educate the next generation of automotive engineers.
A new long-life battery built to aid utility companies in meeting the growing energy demands created by electric vehicles and the integration of solar and wind power on the national power grid was developed with the help of high-energy X-rays.
Argonne has received $4.7 million from the DOE for three projects to develop new vehicle technologies, including capacitors, electrochemical couples and electrolytes for batteries intended for hybrid and electric vehicles.
Summer 2013 issue of the biannual Argonne Now science magazine, featuring cover stories "How Your Smartphone Got So Smart," "The Grid of the Future," and "A True Sense of Security" as well as science news, haiku, history, and more.