$8.5 Million From DOE Goes To Nation’s EV Projects

Cities across the United States have been awarded money from the U.S. Department of Energy to support community planning for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. A total of $8.5 million in awards will be spread throughout 16 projects in 24 states.

The money is part of the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities initiative to help bolster public-private partnerships that advance electric vehicle technologies. The one-year projects will help on a number of fronts, including developing incentive programs and promoting public awareness.

Via Department of Energy

Some examples of these projects include a $994,782 award went to Albany, New York for a project to develop and accelerate the a network of electric vehicle charging stations throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. On the West Coast, Oregon’s capitol received a grant of $485,000 to develop a strategic electric vehicle strategy to reach the goal of 30,000 plug-in cars by 2015.

The Department of Energy also announced funding to help college students prepare for careers designing advanced vehicle technologies. The Graduate Automotive Technology Education initiative awarded $6.4 million over five years to support seven Centers of Excellence at American colleges and universities. The program  promotes the development of a skilled workforce of engineering professionals who will overcome technical barriers and help commercialize the next generation of advanced automotive technologies.

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Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.