ARPA-E (otherwise known as the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy) is dishing out $36 million to support future electric vehicles.

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The funding goes out under a program called "Robust Affordable Next Generation Energy Storage Systems," or RANGE for short (we're not sure why it's RANGE and not RANGESS, but whatever).

Under RANGE, ARPA-E is looking to back companies and organizations that will "re-envision the total EV battery system."

In total, ARPA-E is funding22 projects (PDF) that it believes will "accelerate widespread EV adoption by dramatically improving driving range and reliability, and by providing low-cost, low-carbon alternatives to today’s vehicles."

ARPA-E Deputy Director, Cheryl Martin, issued this statement on RANGE:

"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."