The DOE has announced new awards of $18 million to five alternative fuel projects, four of them EV-related:
- Odyne Systems will receive $2.9 million to develop plug-in hybrid work trucks (class 7) that reduce fuel consumption by more than 50% and eliminate fuel consumption during stationary operations.
- Blue Bird Body Company will receive $4.9 million to develop a battery-electric school bus that improves energy efficiency by 20-30% and has V2G capability.
- Electric utility PacifiCorp will receive $3.9 million to develop electric highway corridors along I-15, I-80, I-70, and I-84 in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.
- The Gas Technology Institute will receive $4.9 million to deploy multi-fuel stations (including EV charging stations) along I-94 from Port Huron, Michigan to the North Dakota border.