Advancing a domestic value chain for electric vehicles
(AL, MS, GA)

Award Number 2302945


Over the next two years, our team will lay the foundation on which to establish an innovative supply chain ecosystem where everyone can confidently and effectively participate in activities that advance transportation electrification. Our hope is that by 2035, this tri-state area will house a robust manufacturing, supplier, and consumer economy and serve as an innovation hub for EV technology.

To accomplish this, we will:

  • Identify technical expertise needed to advance the EV sector through an initial set of use-inspired research activities that have the potential to yield translational outcomes
  • Build capacity to educate a capable EV workforce by identifying workforce development activities across the ecosystem
  • Engage key partners across the EV ecosystem and solidify their commitment through interim agreements
  • Establish a long-term, visionary, leadership team representative of the region we’re serving
  • Build capacity to identify seed funding by developing a business model that synchronizes the EV value chain for participants across the ecosystem


Our innovative supply chain ecosystem will comprise three interconnected components: use-inspired research, economic development, and workforce development.

Our anticipated outcomes include:

  • Establishing working groups for each of the ecosystem’s seven Communities of Practice (CoPs)
  • Identifying and conducting activities for six pilot use-inspired projects
  • Developing policies and expectations for technology transfer and commercialization
  • Developing workforce requirements for each CoP
  • Developing a structure for the National (workforce) Training Center (NTC)
  • Expanding our partners list along the CoPs
  • Holding two annual community and industry workshops in our tri-state area to enhance visibility and engage partners
  • Holding two annual stakeholder conferences


Mississippi Alabama Georgia Network for Electric Vehicle Technologies

  • Accelerate Mississippi
  • Alabama Automotive Manufacturing Association
  • Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition
  • Alabama Community College System
  • Alabama Department of Transportation
  • Alabama Mobility and Power Center
  • American Renewable Metals
  • Blue Springs Metals
  • City of Tuscaloosa
  • Cox Automotive
  • CVMR
  • DRIVE Coalition
  • East Mississippi Business Development
  • East Mississippi Community College
  • Economic Development Partnership of Alabama
  • Electric Power Research Institute
  • Georgia Department of Transportation
  • Golden Triangle Planning & Development
  • Holmes Community College
  • Innovate Alabama
  • Lazer Logistics
  • Martin Federal
  • Mercedes-Benz U.S. International
  • Mississippi Auto Manufacturers Association
  • Mississippi Department of Employment Security
  • Mississippi Department of Transportation
  • Mississippi Development Association
  • North Mississippi Industrial Development Association
  • Rivian
  • Savannah State University
  • Shelton State Community College
  • SK Battery America
  • Southern Company (Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Mississippi Power)
  • Tuscaloosa County Economic Development Authority
  • West Alabama Works

Dr. Allen Parrish
Executive Director, Alabama Transportation Institute
The University of Alabama