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.
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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