The announcement of the Ministry of Energy states the following:
Funding will focus on expanding access to electric vehicle charging, creating cleaner off-road vehicles through electricity and the use of alternative fuels, and developing electric drive components and materials to increase the efficiency and affordability of electric vehicles. Non-terrestrial vehicles, including agricultural, construction, rail, marine, and air equipment, are a major source of pollution, emitting more carbon pollution than any other sector of the U.S. economy.
Funding applicants will need to demonstrate how their projects will benefit disadvantaged communities that lack access to clean energy sources.
When it comes to expanding electric vehicle charging, this is a must, given the rapidly growing demand for electric vehicles. Moreover, the Biden administration has called for electric vehicles to make up half of all car sales by 2030.
The Department of Energy says it is “committed to developing solutions in underserved areas and for drivers who cannot charge at home.” He also notes that this $96 million is in addition to the $5 billion electric vehicle charging program announced in February:
This investment complements the $5 billion made available under the new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program, established by President Biden’s Infrastructure Act, to build a national electric vehicle charging network.
There is also funding available for projects that seek to develop new, multifunctional materials for electric vehicles and improve the performance of an electric powertrain.
The Department of Energy also wants to decarbonize transportation such as tractors, planes, trains and ships.
US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement:
Achieving President Biden’s climate goals will require expanding access to electric vehicles for all drivers and modernizing vehicles that support the agricultural and construction industries.
The application deadline is November 10, and the DOE application portal is here.
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