Oregon scores more federal EV cash
By Lee van der Voo, Sustainable Business Oregon
Sustainable Business Oregon
Oregon just landed another federal grant to build on its EV-infrastructure leadership.
The Oregon Business Development Department snagged $485,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy last week, money to go toward a plan to put 30,000 plug-in electric vehicles on the road by 2015.
The funding comes from the Department of Energy's Clean Cities initiative. The initiative targets communities with planning experience in electric vehicle development — or those eager to begin — for one-year projects to knock down roadblocks and create strategies for putting more electric vehicles on the road, striving to meet national goals.
Oregon's plan, called Energizing Oregon, will address next-generation deployment strategies for the state and assess the electric vehicle market here.
Led by the gubernatorial-appointed Transportation Electrification Executive Council, Energizing Oregon's three main objectives are to integrate all of the state's existing EV efforts, develop an EV plan to expand them and help Oregon exceed its share of the national goal of putting 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.
The plan will include development of state policies and incentives to achieve broad, fast deployment of EVs. It will also involve strategies for supplying equipment for electric vehicle infrastructure, plus outreach, education and training programs.
“From the industry standpoint, the quicker we can get infrastructure in place, the quicker the industry itself will develop and new products will be tested and the quicker this whole industry sector will develop,” said Barry Woods, acting executive director of Drive Oregon.
In pitching the project, Business Oregon highlighted existing EV efforts including San Francisco-based ECOtality's “EV Project,” along with ODOT's $2 million grant from the Tiger II program and the West Coast Green Highway Project, driven by state steering committees.
Lee van der Voo, lvdvoo*at*gmail.com, is a freelance writer for Sustainable Business Oregon.
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