American Center for Mobility awarded a grant to increase EV charger testing

American Center for Mobility awarded a grant to increase EV charger testing

The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation said the project will enhance and expand the EV charger testing environment at the ACM.

The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation awarded the American Center for Mobility (ACM) and subrecipients CharIN and Argonne National Laboratory a grant of $2.9 million to help aid America’s electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation said the project will enhance and expand the EV charger testing environment at the American Center for Mobility (ACM), located at Willow Run, in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan. By leveraging both private sector contributions and federal funds, ACM said it and its partners plan to expand current and evolving EV testing and certification capabilities at the Willow Run test facility. A focus will be on increasing the number of National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI)–compliant DC fast charger (DCFC) equipment and implementing rigorous testing methods for EV charger operability and interoperability.

“The proliferation of new EVs and EV charging stations, as well as over-the-air software updates, is spurring the need for more interoperability testing,” Reuben Sarkar, CEO of ACM, said. “The industry needs a centrally located test bed in the heart of the automotive country with a market representation of DC Fast Chargers.”

The Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN) is a global EV charging industry alliance dedicated to realizing the goals of universal charging standards using CCS, MCS, ISO 15118 and SAE J3400. CharIN members span the whole value chain of EV charging and are open to all interested parties, including leading companies from the automotive sector, charging industry and other associated industries.

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