DOE Awards Grants for EV Planning Activities and Workforce Training
September 12, 2011
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced awards for 16 electric vehicle community readiness projects supporting activity in 24 states and the District of Columbia as well as 7 advanced vehicle educational awards in 7 states. By developing the next generation of automotive engineers and preparing communities to adopt plug-in electric vehicles (EVs), these technologies will reduce petroleum dependence and build the foundation for a clean transportation system. With these projects, the Department of Energy is readying its students and neighborhoods to develop and use the next generation of vehicles," said Secretary Chu. "A natural complement to the Department's research and development efforts, these initiatives will enhance America's national, energy, and environmental security." Through the $8.5 million Clean Cities' Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-in Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure awards, local public-private partnerships will collaborate to develop EV deployment strategies. The awardees range from localities with extensive EV planning experience to those that are eager to begin but did not have the resources to do so previously. Depending on the needs of the location, activities may include updating permitting processes, revising codes, training emergency personnel, educating the public, and developing incentives. All awardees will create a public plan that upon completion will be available for other stakeholders to learn from their experiences. In addition to EVs, Clean Cities supports a broad portfolio of technologies, including alternative and renewable fuels, fuel economy measures, idle reduction technologies, and emerging technologies. Since its inception in 1993, Clean Cities and its stakeholders have decreased the equivalent use of more than 3 billion gallons of gasoline. DOE's Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) initiative will award $6.4 million to support 7 Centers of Excellence at American colleges, universities, and university affiliated research institutions. The awardees are focusing on three critical automotive technology areas: hybrid propulsion, energy storage, and lightweight materials. By funding curriculum development and expansion as well as laboratory work, GATE supports institutions of higher education in developing multidisciplinary training. As a result, it helps develop a skilled workforce of engineering professionals who will overcome barriers and commercialize the next generation of advanced automotive technologies.
Read the full list of Clean Cities' award winners or view a map of the award locations at http://energy.gov/articles/awards-advanced-vehicle-development.
Read the full list of GATE award winners or view a map of the award locations at http://energy.gov/articles/graduate-automotive-technology-education-gate-initiative-awards.