Plug In America Awarded $500,000 from U.S. Department of Energy to Advance Electric Vehicle Usage in
New Haven, CT, November, 2016 – Plug In America has been awarded $500,000 from the U.S. Department of
Energy (DOE) to invest in the promotion and adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV). The Clean Cities coalitions and the state governments of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont will collaborate with the implementation.
The project, “Advancing PEV Adoption in New England,” focuses on accelerating the deployment of all-electric and
plug-in hybrid electric vehicles as part of its climate action plan to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the region. The project also contributes to the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, which seeks to make the United States the first country to produce a wide array of plug-in electric models that are as affordable and convenient as the gasoline powered vehicles we drive today by 2022.
Clean Cities Coalitions work to provide unbiased and objective information about alternative fuels and advanced vehicles and to cultivate local markets through projects like this to deploy vehicles.
“We work with fleets and consumers to share best practices, data, and lessons learned to inform choices about alternative fuels and advanced vehicles,” said Lee Grannis, Coordinator of the Greater New Haven Clean Cities. “Having the ability to provide a dedicated effort to promote electric vehicles dovetails nicely with the state’s effort to increase PEVs in Connecticut.”
Funds from the award will be used for public, workplace and fleet events starting next year. Additional training and recognition for local automotive dealerships is another component of this program. Massachusetts will be first to implement these programs under this award.
The project is supported by the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
under award number DE-EE0007789. More information can be found online, www.pluginamerica.org.