Energy Department Announces up to $5 Million to Spur Adoption of Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Communities Nationwide

May 8, 2012

As part of President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy to address the high price of gasoline and reduce American dependence on foreign oil, the U.S. Department of Energy today announced up to $5 million available this year to help expand the use of alternative fuel vehicles, including electric vehicles (EVs), in cities and towns across the country. The funding will help cut red tape and streamline permitting processes for homeowners and businesses, provide training for mechanics and first responders, and support community planning to expand fueling infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicles. The Administration's investments in electric drive and alternative fuel vehicles are part of a comprehensive strategy to increase America's energy security, reduce emissions, and help families and drivers save money.

This initiative will help communities streamline and quicken permitting processes and coordinate alternative fuel vehicle and EV infrastructure deployment across state, regional and local governments. The selected projects will also help communities build a workforce with the skills to support these vehicles and infrastructure by training first responders and mechanics. In addition, they will provide resources, such as educational materials and tools, to help consumers understand the economic and environmental benefits of alternative fuel vehicles and choose the right vehicle for their needs.

The Energy Department seeks proposals that address barriers to the adoption of these vehicles, provide safety training, coordinate initiatives, and drive market development and transformation to make alternative fuel vehicles and fueling infrastructure widely available. Proposed projects should cover each of these areas. This funding opportunity does not provide for the purchase or installation of vehicles or infrastructure. The Department strongly encourages organizations to form teams that include one or more active designated Clean Cities coalitions as well as other partners with relevant experience and expertise.

The Department anticipates awarding 10 to 20 projects this year to be completed within two years. For more information and application requirements for this funding opportunity, please see the announcement in the Clean Cities Financial Opportunities section, or visit the DOE's Funding Opportunity Exchange website under Reference Number DE-FOA-0000708.

The Energy Department is working on a broad range of efforts to protect American families and businesses from high gasoline prices and provide consumers with more options that reduce petroleum use. DOE's portfolio includes research and development in biofuels, natural gas and other alternative fuel vehicles, advanced combustion engines and electric vehicles, including the EV-Everywhere Challenge, which will bring together America's best and brightest scientists, engineers, and businesses to make electric vehicles more affordable and convenient.

The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. Learn more about how EERE's Clean Cities initiative has reduced the equivalent use of more than three billion gallons of gasoline through a broad portfolio of strategies, including alternative and renewable fuels, fuel economy measures, and idle reduction technologies.