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As part of the EV-Everywhere Grand Challenge, we held a series of workshops to lay out the initiative. The most recent one in Washington, DC, explored ways to reduce energy consumption with improved vehicle design. | Photo courtesy of Roy Feldman.
At the Energy Department, we have the great privilege of working with some of America’s most brilliant innovators every day.
But we know that we haven’t had the chance to hear from every one of you yet. That’s why we want your feedback on our latest Clean Energy Grand Challenge, EV-Everywhere. Announced by President Obama in March 2012, this exciting initiative focuses on enabling U.S. companies to be the first in the world to produce electric vehicles (EVs) that are as affordable and convenient for the average American family as today's gasoline-powered vehicles by the year 2022.
To meet this challenge, EV-Everywhere is bringing together key stakeholders and innovative thinkers across the advanced vehicle supply chain, including suppliers, innovators, manufacturers, consumers, utilities, and policy gurus. The Energy Department is collaborating throughout the entire Department -- the Office of Science is conducting foundational research, ARPA-E is investigating breakthrough innovations, and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is translating those advancements into technologies that can be used in vehicles on the road. With the Department’s efforts already helping to reduce production costs of automotive lithium-ion batteries by 50 percent since 2008, we’re launching from a great starting point.
We kicked off the EV-Everywhere challenge with a series of workshops this summer. The first laid out the scope of the initiative, while the rest are digging into the specifics of batteries, power electronics, and consumer adoption/charging infrastructure. The most recent workshop, which was held in Washington, DC, just last week, explored vehicle design and lightweighting opportunities to help reduce energy consumption. As only a limited number of people can attend these events, we’ve posted the presentations online and are looking at ways to expand the discussion.
One way we’re working to include as many voices as possible in the conversation moving forward is through a Request for Information, which allows us to tap into the whole U.S. clean energy community to provide ideas and comments related to the EV-Everywhere Framing document. This paper provides background on the project and establishes draft targets for EV-Everywhere. We’re particularly interested in incorporating what you think as we define what makes an EV “affordable and convenient for the average American family,” the barriers to achieving this, and high-impact new ideas for how to overcome those barriers. If you’d like to provide input on the ideas and goals in the framing document, please email us or respond to the RFI. We look forward to hearing from you.