DOE awards millions for EV research
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced awards totaling nearly $7 million in research and development funding that will help to reduce the current costs of electric vehicle chargers by 50 percent over the next three years.
“Improving the functionality and affordability of electric vehicle chargers is an important step in supporting the deployment of electric vehicles that can help to reduce
With electric vehicles, smart chargers and smart grid technologies, the grid can more efficiently manage the availability and reliability of power, especially during peak times and at popular charging locations.
Two of the four selected projects will focus on improving electric vehicle chargers that attach to consumers’ homes and are used by the owners to charge their vehicles while they are at home. The other two selected projects will focus on chargers used at commercial and public locations to charge large numbers of vehicles, including commercial fleets of delivery vehicles.
The four projects selected for awards are listed below. These research and development investments will leverage additional investments from the industry grantees. Final award amounts are subject to negotiation.
Delta Products Corporation –
DOE share: $1,997,450; Recipient share: $1,441,770
Delta will streamline the development of residential electric vehicle chargers that rely on low-cost secure wireless networks that can connect the chargers directly to electric utilities. The project will work to minimize the cost of communications between the charger and the electric utility and, at the same time, meet the local demand for smart charging.
Siemens Corporate Research –
DOE share: $1,617,619; Recipient share: $747,552
Siemens will redesign its current electric vehicle supply equipment system and charging stations in residential areas to enable flexible, intelligent control of charging, so that power quality and service reliability are maintained on the local distribution grid.
General Electric Global Research –
DOE share: $1,362,318; Recipient share: $819,365
General Electric will improve the design and infrastructure for commercial chargers for fleets of electric vehicles operated by companies, including FedEx.
Eaton Corporation –
DOE share: $1,837,004; Recipient share: $991,418
Eaton will develop and demonstrate commercial electric vehicle chargers that can work with and support the smart grid, including providing two-way communications with the electric utility and coordinating with a community’s smart meter network.
For more information about the benefits of a modern grid, visit the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability's website.