The government is now offering a $96 million funding opportunity to help the American transportation sector go carbon neutral. The funds will be used to increase the accessibility of charging stations for electric vehicles, create more affordable and efficient alternative-fuel non-road vehicles, and create electric drive components and materials to boost EV affordability and efficiency.
DOE is investing in clean mobility solutions that will reduce our dependency on volatile fossil fuels, eliminate harmful emissions, and lower energy prices in order to strengthen our transportation sector and support our expanding economy, said US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm . Modernizing vehicles that power the construction and agriculture industries as well as providing access to electric vehicles for all drivers are necessary to meet President Biden’s climate goals.
Non-road vehicles, like agricultural and construction equipment, rail, marine, and aircraft, are among the worst offenders in the US since they produce the most carbon pollution of any economic sector. President Biden set the target of having a net-zero economy by the year 2050. Additionally, candidates for this funding must demonstrate how their planned projects would put the US on a path to achieving that goal.
MORE MONEY FOR THE EV CHARGING NETWORK The $5 billion pledged as part of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program is furthered by this investment, which also enables us to build even more charging infrastructure. The DOE will also provide funding for initiatives that create regional fuel infrastructure plans for medium- and heavy-duty electric and hydrogen-powered cars that produce no emissions.
This additional cash for truck and freight EV charging will be very beneficial given the present Infrastructure Bill monies will almost entirely focus on light cars and trucks.
DECARBONIZING OFF-HIGHWAY ENGINES: MORE RESEARCH The development of non-road engines and fuel alternatives for aviation, shipping, off-roading (such as construction and agriculture), and rail is equally important as decarbonizing on-road vehicles in the fight against global warming. The DOE will conduct research on non-road engine technologies that are less damaging to the environment, with an emphasis on electric, natural gas, and hydrogen engines.
FINANCING MORE CREATIVE ELECTRIC DRIVE PARTS AND MATERIALS INNOVATION New materials and cutting-edge electric drive technologies will be needed to create next-generation electrified vehicle platforms, such as full battery electric and fuel cell electric vehicles with smaller, more cost-effective electrical systems for increased performance and durability. In order to lower the cost of EV ownership, DOE will also support projects that seek to create novel, multifunctional materials for EVs as well as enhance powertrain performance.
Vehicle electrification is moving along at a thrilling pace right now. With this additional financing, we can anticipate seeing even greater advancements in the creation of alternative-fueled vehicles and their component parts, which will help reduce pollution and lower fuel costs for motorists.
However, those who are interested in applying for the funding must move quickly. There is a deadline of August 25 for concept papers, therefore there is not much time. But majority of the procedure is done online. Individuals must register with and submit their application documents through the DOE online application portal at https://eere-Exchange.energy.gov/ in order to apply. The deadline for full applications is November 10, 2022.
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