Volt, LEAF Owners to Benefit from EV Project
TEMPE, AZ - The U.S. Department of Energy has expanded the EV Project to include two new cities -- Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. -- and has broadened the offer of free home chargers to include qualified new owners of the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended-range capability.
The expansion also adds 1,000 more Nissan LEAF zero-emission cars to the project.
The program expansion was announced by ECOtality Inc., a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies. This expansion will be funded by a DOE grant extension to ECOtality's EV Project, which was created through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
This new federal grant extension includes $15 million of ARRA funding, which will be matched with $15 million in private funds, to reach the total of $30 million. ECOtality is the project manager for the EV Project, which began in October 2009 with an original grant amount of $99.8 million.
With the assistance of more than 40 partners, the EV Project will deliver nearly 15,000 residential and commercial chargers to 13 cities in five states and the District of Columbia. The mission of the project is to evaluate the use of electric vehicles and charging systems in diverse geographies and climates, and then use that information to build a foundation that will optimize adoption of electric vehicles nationwide.