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DOE awards $7 million for EVSE research

Dec. 23, 2011
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced awards totaling nearly $7 million in research and development funding to help to reduce the costs of electric vehicle charging systems by 50 percent over the next three years.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced awards totaling nearly $7 million in research and development funding to help to reduce the costs of electric vehicle charging systems by 50 percent over the next three years. Three major electrical manufacturers won a share of the funding:

Siemens Corporate Research, Princeton, N.J., received $1,617,619 to redesign its residential EVSE systems to enable flexible, intelligent control of charging.

General Electric Global Research, Niskayuna, N.Y., received $1,362,318 to improve the design and infrastructure for commercial chargers for EV fleets operated by companies, including FedEx.

Eaton Corp., Moon Township, Pa., received $1,837,004 to develop and demonstrate commercial electric vehicle chargers that can work with and support the smart grid, including providing two-way communications with the electric utility and coordinating with smart meter networks.