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

EV Everywhere, the latest in a series of Clean Energy Grand Challenges, set ambitious, far-reaching goals for the country. 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 that are as affordable for the average American family as today's gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 10 years. 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 technologies to achieve the sufficient PEV cost, range, and charging infrastructure necessary for widespread deployment. A task such as this requires partnership among the private sector, the Federal government, Congress, states and communities, national laboratories, universities, nongovernmental organizations, and individual citizens. In addition to collaborating with outside stakeholders, the DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office 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, captures the progress the Department and industry have already made from January 2013 to 2014. Over this period of time, the Department invested $225 million to address key barriers to widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles. The new report describes how the market had rapidly changed:

  • DOE research and development reduced the volume production cost of electric drive vehicle batteries to $325/kWhr, about 50% lower than in 2010.
  • More than 50 leading employers joined the Workplace Charging Challenge and pledged to provide charging access at more than 150 sites.
  • Consumer acceptance rapidly grew – 97,000 plug-in electric vehicles were sold in 2013, nearly doubling 2012 sales.

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.

Graphic showing outline of vehicle with 2022 technology performance and cost targets for key PEV technical areas. Vehicle Weight Reduction - Reduce vehicle weight by nearly 30% (includes body, chassis, interior, electric drive components, and compounding weight reductions); Electric Drive System - Reduce cost from $30/kW in 2012 to $8/kW (1.4 kW/kg, 4 kW/L, 94% efficiency); Battery - Reduce cost from $500/kWh in 2012 to $125/kWh (250 Wh/kg, 400 Wh/L, 2 kW/kg)

The EV Everywhere Blueprint document includes a series of technology performance and cost targets for 2022 in key plug-in electric vehicle technical areas. Shorter-term technical goals are available on the respective pages for research and development in batteries, electric drive systems, and advanced materials.

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