US invests $96m to advance clean vehicle technologies

The funding will focus on expanding EV charging accessibility, creating cleaner non-road vehicles through electrification and use of alternative fuels

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The US Government is investing $96 million (£79.6m) to support the decarbonisation of the domestic transportation sector by advancing clean vehicle technologies.

The funding from the Department of Energy (DOE) will focus on expanding electric vehicle (EV) charging accessibility, creating cleaner non-road vehicles through electrification and use of alternative fuels and developing electric drive components and materials.

According to the DOE, non-road vehicles, including agricultural and construction equipment, rail, marine and aviation, are a major source of pollution, emitting more pollution than any other sector of the US economy.

It will fund research on non-road engine technologies that are less harmful to the environment and develop electric, natural gas and other alternatives for fuelling and powering non-road engines, in addition to projects that seek to develop new multi-functional materials for EVs and improve powertrain performance.

Full applications for the funding are being invited until 10th November 2022.

Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm said: “To strengthen our transportation sector to support our growing economy, DOE is investing in clean mobility options that will eliminate harmful emissions, reduce our reliance on volatile fossil fuels and cut energy costs.

“Achieving President Biden’s climate goals will require expanding accessibility to electric vehicles for all drivers and modernising vehicles that power the agricultural and construction industries.”