Clemson University is poised to be at the vanguard of future vehicle research and development as the institution has been awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy that will be used to develop a center for research and education in sustainable vehicle systems.
Clemson President James Barker announced the grant at the second annual Automotive Transatlantic summit at the CU-ICAR Center in Greenville. Barker says the next generation of vehicles will be developed from the research to be conducted through the D.O.E. grant.
Barker says the results of the research will be used to create products and opportunities that will help grow the economies of South Carolina, the United States and the world.
In a taped address to the summit, U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham said that he was proud of the partnerships that CU-ICAR and automaker BMW are creating that reach across the borders of nations. Graham points out that the Upstate has proven to be fertile soil for international partnerships. Graham says he is hopeful that the research produces an energy-efficient, environmentally friendly mode of transportation that will provide jobs of the future.
Other such centers are being created at the University of Michigan, the University of Colorado, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.