The University of Michigan and GM are already partners in the Advanced Battery Coalition for Drivetrains (ABCD) and in helping to teach students to become alternative powertrain engineers. Today, GM and the school announced a new institute called the GM/U-M Institute of Automotive Research and Education that will focus on "reinventing the automobile and developing the next generation of high-efficiency vehicles powered by diverse energy sources." Students will not simply be trying to solve fictional problems in class; their work will "supplement ongoing work within GM." Sounds like a reasonable plan.
The new Institute will encompass battery research, through work done by the ABCD, as well as engine systems, advanced vehicle manufacturing and smart materials. GM will invest $9 million in the Institute. More details after the jump.