UNC Charlotte is driving innovation by unraveling the intricate world of batteries and their applications. The Charlotte Battery Complexity, Autonomous Vehicle and Electrification Research Center, the BATT CAVE, focuses on the advancement of battery technology and autonomous vehicles.

Charlotte’s tech presence is booming—and keeping pace alongside the region’s fastest-growing industries. Known for its robust tech and energy ecosystems designed to support future growth, the city—and North Carolina overall—increasingly is chosen by established corporations and emerging startups as the place to call home.

UNC Charlotte—with a $2.1 billion economic impact on the region and a reputation for fueling its talent pipeline—is key to North Carolina’s continued rise in tech and energy relevance. BATT CAVE is driving this expansion through research designed to discover new materials, challenge fundamental electrochemical theories and develop mechanistic modeling for developing alternative battery types. These developments will provide broad implications for the next generation of autonomous vehicles, smart cities and intelligent systems. With safety, environmental stewardship and industry support at its core, the BATT CAVE will soon be at the forefront of battery technology discovery.

Support for BATT CAVE and other UNC Charlotte research expansion comes from “Engineering North Carolina’s Future,” an initiative of the North Carolina General Assembly providing UNC Charlotte with more than $45 million. This investment allows North Carolina’s urban research university to create state-of-the-art, collaboration-inspiring learning and research, including BATT CAVE.