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EV Everywhere Grand Challenge: DOE's 10-Year Vision for Plug-in Electric Vehicles

Meeting the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge technical goals for vehicle lightweighting, electric drive system cost, and battery cost will help plug-in electric vehicles be as affordable for the average American family as gasoline vehicles by 2022.

Meeting the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge technical goals for vehicle lightweighting, electric drive system cost, and battery cost will help plug-in electric vehicles be as affordable for the average American family as gasoline vehicles by 2022.

EV Everywhere, one of a series of Clean Energy Grand Challenges, set ambitious, far-reaching national goals that will help the U.S. become more energy secure and environmentally sustainable. Announced by President Obama in March 2012, the initiative focuses on the U.S. becoming the first nation in the world to produce plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs, which are also called EVs or electric cars) that are as affordable for the average American family by 2022 as a 2012 baseline gasoline-powered vehicle.

The strategic investments to meet these goals will:

  • Improve the competitive position of U.S. industry and create jobs through American innovation
  • Enhance energy security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil
  • Save money by cutting fuel costs for American families and businesses
  • Protect our health and safety by mitigating the impact of energy production and use on climate change.

EV Everywhere aims to enable American innovators to rapidly develop and commercialize the next generation of PEV technologies to achieve the affordability and convenience goals necessary for widespread  adoption. Reaching this goal requires partnership among the private sector, the Federal government, states and communities, national laboratories, universities, nongovernmental organizations, and individual consumers. In addition to collaborating with outside stakeholders, the DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) is working closely within the Department, with the Office of Science, Office of Electricity, and ARPA-e.

"The EV Everywhere Grand Challenge: Road to Success" report, captured the progress the Department and industry made from January 2013 to 2014, during which the Department invested $225 million to address key barriers to widespread adoption of PEVs. In that period of time, research and development substantially lowered the volume production cost of batteries, more than 50 employers joined the Workplace Charging Challenge, and PEV sales doubled from 2012 to 2013.

This document follows up on the original EV Everywhere Blueprint, which outlined broad steps for the Department and industry to move towards these goals. It describes the research, development, and deployment needed to meet the overall EV Everywhere goal as well as other aggressive, technology-specific, "stretch goals" established in consultation with stakeholders across the industry. Achieving these goals can enable the purchase cost combined with the operating cost (levelized cost) of an all-electric vehicle with a 280-mile range to be comparable to that of an internal combustion engine vehicle of similar size after five years of ownership.

The Department developed the EV Everywhere Blueprint using feedback from a series of workshops across the country and a public Request for Information. The workshops, held in the summer and fall of 2012, brought together experts from industry, academia, state and local government, and other stakeholder organizations.

EV Everywhere Grand Challenge Kick-Off

Thursday, June 21, 2012 – Hyatt Regency, Dearborn, MI

The EV Everywhere Grand Challenge Kick-Off meeting was attended by senior officials of the Department of Energy and representatives from industry, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), suppliers, academia, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Electric Drive Workshop

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 – Doubletree O'Hare, Chicago, IL

Battery Workshop

Thursday, July 26, 2012 – Doubletree O'Hare, Chicago, IL

Consumer Acceptance and Charging Infrastructure Workshop

Monday, July 30, 2012 – LAX Marriott, Los Angeles, CA