DOE seeking public comments on EV Everywhere plan

The goal of EV Everywhere is to enable US companies to be the first in the world to produce Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) that are affordable and convenient.

 

If you’ve got an opinion on what the federal government should be doing (or not doing) to support EVs, now’s your chance to make your feelings known. The DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is requesting public comment on its recently published EV Everywhere Initial Framing Document.

The goal of EV Everywhere, a program that President Obama announced in March, is to enable US companies to be the first in the world to produce Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) that are as affordable and convenient for the average American family as legacy ICE vehicles within the next 10 years. The Framing Document describes three potential combinations of plug-in vehicles and charging infrastructures that might achieve the EV Everywhere goals:

  • A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with a 40-mile all-electric range (PHEV-40) with limited fast-charge infrastructure
  • An all-electric vehicle with a 100-mile range (AEV-100) with significant intra-city and inter-city fast charge infrastructure
  • An all-electric vehicle with a 300-mile range (AEV-300) with significant inter-city fast charge infrastructure

Questions on which the DOE is seeking comment include:

  • Has the DOE correctly identified and structured these three scenarios?
  • Is the goal of developing “PEVs with a payback time of less than 5 years and sufficient range and fast-charging ability to allow the average American family to meet their daily transportation needs” appropriate?
  • How can DOE activities best support leadership in plug-in electric vehicle innovation? In PEV manufacturing? In PEV deployment?
  • What principles should the DOE follow for allocating resources among technologies of disparate maturity and potential time to impact?
  • How many technology options should the Department pursue, and how should the value of that diversity be weighed against timeliness, scale, and cost- effectiveness?
  • What are the optimal roles for the private sector, government laboratories, and academia in accelerating PEV technology innovation?
  • Are there examples in other sectors or other countries that can serve as models?
  • What role should the Department have in addressing non-technical barriers, including federal, state, and local regulations?

Submit a formal comment here.