DoE to Award $49 Million For Advanced Vehicle Technologies – Plug Ins Are the Primary Focus

FEB 2 2014 BY STAFF 12

Areas of Interest as Outlined by the DoE

Areas of Interest as Outlined by the DoE

The US Department of Energy has announced that it will award a miniscule $49.4 million to 13 areas on interest aimed at accelerating research and development of advanced vehicle technologies.



It amounts to pocket change for the DoE, but for some of the applicants, the funds could be substantial enough to allow them to bring to market various technologies that have perhaps been stuck in the prototype/development phase for years.

The 13 areas of interest (7 of which focus on plug-in vehicles as part of the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge) are detailed in the graphic displayed above.

Full details on the various funding opportunities associated with this DoE announcement can be found here in PDF form.

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12 Comments on "DoE to Award $49 Million For Advanced Vehicle Technologies – Plug Ins Are the Primary Focus"

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Oil will be running out within 100 years or just a little more. I can see their urgency is a little misguided.

They gave my local power company $200 million to help kick start smart meters, yeah, we need that much more than new inventions in electrified transportation.

How much did ECOtality get again?

Your “Peak Oil” timetable is a little behind… You must think drilling wells at 3 or more miles deep just to reach the sea bed– signifies an oil surplus. 😉

If a barrel of oil can be delivered at a price the market is willing to pay then that is part of the reserve.

No matter if the oil is one meter below the surface or 10 miles below the seabed.

Battery technology is not static and neither is oil recovery tech.

Some oil that was unrecoverable or uneconomic to recover 10 years ago is being to delivered to market today.

The obvious point you missed, is that most of the easy to obtain oil, has already been used up. Now, exotic deep ocean drilling is fast becoming the norm for the industry.

Peak Oil has already come and gone. Even our conservative military understands it must now explore electric mobility (among other forms of energy), to keep our forces mobile in the nearterm.

I’m not sure “running out” has ever been the fear. The problem is how much more expensive it has become to get a barrel of oil, and that problem is only going to get worse, slowly driving the price up over time. Even when gasoline is $10 per gallon, there will still be plenty of oil left, but economics will force people to alternatives.

$10/gallon will force alternatives to gas guzzlers.

EVs will then have to compete against ICE cars where the engineering focus is fuel economy, more of what we see in Europe.

It will be easier for EVs to compete against those ICE cars on a functionality basis than cars designed for $3.50/gallon.

But evs have to get better and the tech has to improve.

Simple rising price of gas will not force the electrification of the automobile.

I plan on getting a EV ether this year or next the as part of a doomsday prep in that the oil doesn’t have to run out like in the road warrior to wreak your life. Instead it could make driving so expensive that you never really get a chance to go anywhere.

Where are you going to go? Minimum-wage workers will not be able to afford to get to work. We can do something substantial now. $1.00 gas tax that is directed squarely at research through well-overseen loans and grants. Just writing checks is not going to work. Real deep research is needed and we all should participate. It also means McDonald’s dollar menu would have to change to $1.50 menu and milk goes to $5.00. But we would still be paying far less for fuel than Europe. Doomsday really is just a state of mind. It just means fewer or no more vacations and other hobbies due to the need to treat every dollar of income far more preciously. And that reminds me. Why are all the new casinos being built? This seems like a troubling time where businesses just want us to spend all our money and retire or die broke. I say avoid the ridiculous bread and circuses and learn some skills like gardening. Instead of going to see some event like a Nascar race, consider volunteering time at a local food bank. The only doomsday we will see initially is going to be a breakdown of our expensive… Read more »

I think Tesla and Nissan along with LG Chem and Panasonic have invested far more and have gotten farther then the people at this department. They also have a more sustainable form of funding and a far higher motivation to get things working. Also in a lot of cases they will come though with a break through and it will get put in the storage room for ever.

$49 million doesn’t seem like an inordinate amount of money, what with the amount that has been spent on other failed ventures (some say planned); so since we don’t have details all we can do that hope that our tax dollars are well – spent.

Of course everyone really wants an ultimately, cheaper and lighter battery. The first company to make it, will win big. Hopefully VW’s and Matsushita’s research projects will also help.