$10 Million for Projects to Demonstrate Electric Cargo Transportation Vehicles in LA, Houston
The Department of Energy announced April 29 up to $10 million in funding for projects aimed at accelerating the introduction and use of zero emission (i.e., electric) cargo transport technologies. Examples of ZECT technology include (1) heavy-duty on-road trucks that transport shipping containers of one or more 20-foot-equivalent units and that are propelled by electric motors powered by batteries, fuel cells, overhead catenary wires, or hybrid-electric technologies that operate in all-electric mode for a large portion of their duty cycle; (2) locomotives propelled by electric motors powered by batteries, overhead catenary wires, fuel cells, or hybrid-electric technologies that operate in all-electric mode for a large portion of their duty cycle; and (3) systems in roadbeds or rail lines that propel trucks or trains.
Eligibility for prime applicants is restricted to local governments, ports, metropolitan transportation authorities, air pollution control districts, or combinations thereof in the Los Angeles South Coast Air Basin ozone nonattainment area and the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria ozone nonattainment area (both of which are deemed to be areas of severe or extreme air quality problems and severe traffic congestion). Prime applicants must apply in partnership with a major electric transportation technologies original equipment manufacturer or major supplier of ETT vehicles, systems or energy technology. Applications are due by June 11 and DOE anticipates making two awards this fall. Click here for more information.