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Electric Vehicle Community Readiness Projects

On Sept. 8, 2011, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced awards for 16 electric vehicle projects totaling $8.5 million. These projects in 24 states and the District of Columbia help communities prepare for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and charging infrastructure. Through these awards, local public-private partnerships collaborated on plans to deploy electric vehicles, a strategy that helps reduce U.S. petroleum dependency and build a clean transportation future.

Community Readiness Plans

Depending on local needs, each awardee created a PEV community readiness plan that includes activities such as streamlining permitting processes, revising codes, training emergency personnel, educating the public, and developing incentives.

For a summary of the most important conclusions from these community readiness plans, see the Guide to Lessons Learned. Paired with the PEV Readiness Scorecard, this guide can help communities find best practices for areas where they could improve.

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Guide to Lessons LearnedPDF

This guide synthesizes findings from the 16 projects listed below.

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Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Scorecard

This tool helps your community plan for electric vehicles.

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Awardee Project Location Amount

American Lung Association of the Southwest

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Project FEVER. Fostering Electric Vehicle Readiness

Community Readiness Plan

Colorado $500,000

Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies

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Texas Triangle Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness

Community Readiness Plan

Dallas/Houston/San Antonio Corridor $500,000

Center for Transportation and the Environment

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Southeast Regional Readiness Workbook

Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina $545,400

Centralina Council of Governments

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North Carolina Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Taskforce

Community Readiness Plan

North Carolina $500,000

City of Austin, Austin Energy

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Texas River Cities Plug-In Vehicle Initiative

Community Readiness Plan

Greater Austin and San Antonio $499,782

Clean Energy Coalition

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Plug-In Ready Michigan

Community Readiness Plan

Michigan $500,000

Clean Fuels Ohio

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Drive Electric Ohio

Community Readiness Plan

EV Charging for Persons with Disabilities

Ohio $500,000

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

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Ready to Roll! – Southeastern Pennsylvania's Regional Electric Vehicle Action Plan

Community Readiness Plan: Part I
Community Readiness Plan: Part II

Delaware Valley $387,698

Metropolitan Energy Information Center, Inc.

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Electrify Heartland

Community Readiness Plan

Missouri $441,178

New York City and Lower Hudson Valley Clean Communities, Inc

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Mission Electric New York City

Community Readiness Plan

New York $418,612

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

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Northeast Electric Vehicle Initiative

Community Readiness Plan

New England $994,500

Oregon Business Development Department

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Energizing Oregon

Community Readiness Plan

Oregon $485,000

South Coast Air Quality Management District

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California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Project

Community Readiness Plan

California $1,000,000

South Florida Regional Planning Council

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Drive Electric Florida

Community Readiness Plan: Part I
Community Readiness Plan: Part II

Florida $500,000

University of Hawaii

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EVs in Paradise

Community Readiness Plan

Maui, Hawaii $299,693

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

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Virginia EV

Community Readiness Plan

Virginia $429,051
Total   16 $8,500,914
 

More Information

In addition to electric vehicles, Clean Cities supports a broad portfolio of alternative transportation technologies. Learn more about Clean Cities, its goals and accomplishments, and the Plug-In Vehicle and Infrastructure Community Readiness Workshop.

On September 8, 2011, Secretary Chu also announced awards for DOE's Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) initiative. For more information, see the full press release.

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