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Department of Energy Invests $32.5 Million in Advancing Net-Zero Transportation Technologies

by Anna

The Department of Energy (DOE) has unveiled the selection of 16 innovative projects, receiving a combined funding of $32.5 million, aimed at propelling technology integration in critical areas pivotal for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector.

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These projects, distributed across nine states and Washington, D.C., will concentrate on enhancing electric vehicle (EV) deployment and bolstering EV charging infrastructure. The primary focus areas include the reduction of installation costs, consumer education initiatives, and regional deployment strategies.

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Administered through the DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the selected projects are anticipated to deliver the following key outcomes:

Reduction of EV infrastructure soft costs nationwide: Efforts will be directed towards minimizing barriers and expenses associated with EV infrastructure installation across the country.

Increased consumer familiarity with EVs and their benefits: Initiatives will be undertaken to enhance public awareness and understanding of electric vehicles, emphasizing their advantages.

Demonstration and deployment of novel clean transportation solutions: The selected projects will showcase innovative approaches, including the integration of electric construction vehicles and school buses, to advance clean transportation technologies.

Regional clean transportation outreach, education, and training: Emphasis will be placed on outreach programs, educational initiatives, and training activities targeting underserved communities to promote the adoption of clean transportation.

This funding initiative actively sought the involvement of underserved communities and underrepresented groups. To be eligible for consideration, applicants were required to submit a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan outlining specific actions taken to create an inclusive environment, support individuals from underrepresented groups in STEM fields, and advance equity in the transportation sector.

It is important to note that the selection for award negotiations does not guarantee the issuance of an award or the provision of funding. The DOE and selected applicants will engage in negotiations, during which the DOE reserves the right to cancel award negotiations or rescind selections for any reason.

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