TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Local college students will help build the future of battery-powered electric vehicles.

That’s because of a new competition launched by the U.S. Department of Energy and Stellantis.
Rose-Hulman is one of 12 colleges across the country selected to take part in the Battery Workforce Challenge.

The competition involves designing batteries for electric vehicles. Rose will be teaming up with Ivy Tech in Terre Haute whose students are skilled in a variety of technologies.

The Rose and Ivy Tech students will design, build, test, and integrate an advanced electrical vehicle battery pack into a Stellantis vehicle. Industry professionals will then review its performance.

Rick Stamper is Rose-Hulman’s provost and vice president for academic affairs and he said the Battery Workforce Challenge provides an opportunity for our students to explore and create new advances in technology that could drive the future of the automotive industry.