Drive Oregon hands out first round of EV grants

Grants announced Monday by Drive Oregon could signal an influx of $1.3 million into Oregon's electric vehicle sector.

Grants announced Monday by Drive Oregon could signal an influx of $1.3 million into Oregon's electric vehicle sector. 

Drive Oregon handed out nearly $150,000 in a first round of awards under a new matching grant program.

The cash goes toward programs deemed beneficial to the electric vehicle cluster in Oregon. The grant program, announced in March, will make a second round of awards later this summer.

The Drive Oregon grants are contingent upon the organizations involved landing matching funds of at least five times that of the original grant. If all of the projects are successful in finding the matching funding sources, the grants should represent a $1.3 million investment in the state's electric vehicle sector.

The grants were awarded to the following projects:

  • $50,000 to support an organization called the Polaris Advanced Battery Research and Development Center, which Drive Oregon officials say will accelerate commercialization for a wide range of companies developing new lithium ion battery products.
  • $44,100 to support an electric bicycle demonstration project with Drive Oregon member company Conscious Commuter and the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium at Portland State University.
  • $22,484 to Portland State University to support research by Jenny Liu aimed at quantifying and modeling the regional economic impacts of a shift to electric vehicles
  • $15,000 to KersTech to support modeling, design, and development of its compound hydraulic-electric hybrid motor technology for use on transit buses
  • $15,000 to the Oregon Institute of Technology to support work by Jim Long and his colleagues in modeling, simulation, and development of motor control algorithms.

Drive Oregon is a state-funded economic development organization led by Jeff Allen.

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