Electric Mobility Initiative taps into an evolving technology field
A campus-wide effort will develop applications in electric transportation
In an effort to enhance opportunities for research, education and outreach In a rapidly developing technology field, the University of Georgia has established a campus-wide electric mobility initiative that will provide seed funding for new projects and bring together thought leaders to discuss approaches innovations in electric mobility across Georgia and the region.
Electric mobility refers to vehicles such as cars, trucks, bicycles, boats and planes that use electric powertrain technologies for propulsion. The field of electric mobility has grown considerably in recent years with the development of smart infrastructure, wireless communications and, above all, efficient energy storage technologies such as high-capacity batteries. These developments have converged to make electric mobility competitive with vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.
“We are pleased to announce that the University of Georgia will lead this comprehensive electric mobility initiative with the goal of understanding the wide range of impacts associated with the electrification of transportation infrastructure,” said S. Jack Hu, vice -senior president of the university. for Academic Affairs and Provost. “This initiative will span our entire campus and allow all academic units to contribute to this exciting and developing technology space.”
Initial partners in the UGA Electric Mobility Initiative include faculty, staff and students from the College of Engineering, School of Public and International Affairs, Carl Vinson Institute of Government and Terry College of Business.
- The College of Engineering will assess the opportunities and challenges associated with advanced electric power technology, smart infrastructure, and interconnected communications on the Integrated Transportation Network.
- The School of Public and International Affairs will explore the energy security, regulation and public funding aspects of electric mobility.
- The Terry College of Business will examine the economic, human and natural capital impact of scaling electric mobility and its effect on the Sustainable Development Goals.
- The Vinson Institute will use its extensive statewide network to understand how electric vehicle technology will impact Georgia communities and improve the state’s economic competitiveness.
These initiatives will initiate other campus efforts that leverage UGA’s overall land-grant mission, while also seeking to partner with industry statewide.
“The potential applications for this developing technology are endless and could have a significant impact on communities across the state of Georgia in many ways,” said Jennifer Frum, vice president of UGA Public Service and Outreach. “Electric mobility technology will play an important role in the state and the nation in the future, and UGA’s involvement speaks to our continued goal of connecting the university’s expertise with communities and partners. across the state.”
UGA will invest $1 million in seed funding over the next five years to launch new projects, including the development of educational programs such as the E-Mobility certificate and research activities on the reuse and recycling of batteries, including the creation of a laboratory that will be housed in the new STEM interdisciplinary research complex. Private support has already been secured for faculty development, student projects, and efforts to improve the health and resilience of vulnerable communities.
An Electric Mobility Summit is scheduled for April 28-29 at the UGA Athens campus to bring together industry, educational institutions and government agencies to assess the state of electric mobility in Georgia and in the region. Attendees will discuss existing and future education programs to support workforce development and assess the economic impact of future electric transportation technologies in Georgia communities.