U.S. Department of Energy partners with Google to promote electric vehicles


Steven Chu, U.S.
Energy Secretary
Washington, DC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 26, 2011 – The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a partnership with Google, Inc. and more than 80 electric vehicle (EV) stakeholders to help consumers find charging stations nationwide.

The aim of the partnership, named the GeoEVSE Forum, which is involving the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is to provide consumers with consistent, up-to-date information about the EV charging stations in communities nationwide. Drawing on Google Maps, the collaboration will coordinate an online network of all U.S. charging stations and will serve as the primary data source for GPS and mapping services tracking electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) locations, i.e. charging stations.

This is among a number of new initiatives announced last week by Energy Secretary Steven Chu to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles, in support of the goal of putting 1 million EVs on U.S. roads by 2015.

Among the other initiatives, which are taking place under the broader Clean Cities Program, Secretary Chu announced the availability of $5 million in new funding for community-based efforts to deploy EV infrastructure and charging stations. Under this initiative local governments and private companies will partner to apply for funding for these efforts, and communities will work to develop plans and strategies for EV deployment, update their EV permitting processes, develop incentive programs, or launch other local or regional initiatives that improve the experience of EV users and help bring these highly energy efficient vehicles to the marketplace.

“The Department of Energy’s Clean Cities initiative is bringing together local governments and industry to demonstrate the benefits of advanced technology vehicles and help communities use less oil and gasoline to power their vehicles,” said Secretary Chu. “The initiatives announced today are just the latest steps in our broader efforts to reduce America’s dependence on oil, improve our energy security, and save families and businesses money.”