ARPA-E noted that the funding will be used by around 22 clean transportation projects across 15 states.

The new Robust Affordable Next Generation Energy Storage Systems (RANGE) initiative will boost adoption of EVs by improving driving range and reliability, and by providing low-cost, low-carbon alternatives to today’s vehicles.

Commenting on the initiative, ARPA-E Deputy Director Cheryl Martin said that the breadth and volume of technology approaches embodied in the RANGE projects demonstrate ARPA-E’s commitment to transformational innovation.

"The success of RANGE battery technologies will reshape our thinking on EV storage and help reduce U.S. dependence on foreign energy sources, decrease emissions and help maintain our technological lead in R&D," added Martin.

According to the agency, the RANGE program will improve EV driving range and reduce vehicle costs by re-envisioning the total EV battery system, instead of increasing the energy density of individual battery cells.