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Introducing the

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Fall 2023 – Spring 2026

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What is the Battery Workforce Challenge?

The Battery Workforce Challenge is a new three-year student competition that will kick off in Fall 2023 and will challenge universities and vocational schools from across North America to design, build, test, and integrate an advanced EV battery pack into a Stellantis vehicle.

Managed by Argonne National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy in partnership with Stellantis and other government and industry sponsors, Battery Workforce Challenge will team up to 11 North American universities with a community college, trade school or other vocational partner to execute the competition requirements, helping to prepare a diverse workforce for future battery engineering and manufacturing careers.

Students will also learn valuable project management, communications, teamwork and problem-solving skills that will provide them an unparalleled educational experience and ready them for careers in the battery industry. The competition holds diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as a top priority and will integrate initiatives throughout all aspects of this program and will establish program requirements that foster a diverse team environment.

Battery Workforce Challenge will provide an immersive, hands-on learning experience for students to gain valuable engineering, manufacturing and battery testing skills that transcend the classroom environment.

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Countdown To Announcement of Teams Selected

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The competition organizers reserve the right to make changes to these dates.

Oct. 12
2023

Teams Selected Announcement

Oct 12-14
2023

Year One Fall Workshop

Winter
2024

Year One Winter Workshop

Spring
2024

Year One Competition

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Why the Battery Workforce Challenge?

Addressing climate change is one of the most significant challenges of our generation. The U.S. Department of Energy has set a bold target of net zero emissions by 2050 to tackle our nation’s climate crisis. To achieve this goal, we must develop and deploy a skilled workforce prepared to advance our nation toward electrification, decarbonization, and other climate change actions.

A Survey conducted by NAATBatt for the The Li-Bridge Skills Gap survey shows that more than 200k new jobs along the battery supply chain will be required to support the US demand for Lithium-based batteries by 2030, a growth of 10 times the current workforce. High amongst the priorities to strengthen the US battery supply chain is an investment in workforce training and updated applied educational curriculum needed to upskill/reskill in emerging clean energy technologies.

Source: NAATBatt Education Committee & Li-Bridge White Paper

Check out our video shorts featuring leadership from the U.S. Department of Energy and Stellantis to learn more about how BattChallenge offers real-world experiences including workforce development and battery career opportunities.