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DOE awards nearly $7M to 4 projects to reduce costs of electric vehicle chargers by 50% over next 3 years

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding nearly $7 million in research and development funding to four projects to reduce the current costs of electric vehicle chargers by 50% over the next three years. This research will also promote smart charging capabilities that can help ensure electric vehicles enhance, rather than strain, existing electrical grid capacity.

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 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.



Good idea but Asian manufacturers will come out with much lower cost units before those projects are realized.

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