DOE grants $200Mn to fund 25 projects to lessen vehicle emissions


U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has granted $199 million for funding 25 projects that aim at bringing cleaner cars and trucks to American roads, including long-haul trucks powered using batteries and fuel cells as well as enhanced electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

Reportedly, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm are expected to discuss the enormous benefits of electrification and alternative-fuel technologies in New York.

Programs like SuperTruck will also be discussed to fight climate crisis and create better employment opportunities across the country.

The recent funding algins with DoE’s commitment to meeting President Biden's aim of having zero-emission cars account for half of all vehicles sold in America by 2030 and attaining net zero emissions across the economy by 2050.

For the record, transportation emits more carbon pollution than any other sector of the economy in the United States, accounting for around 29% of total emissions.

According to Secretary Granholm, the DOE is employing industry partners and manufacturers to re-vision vehicle transportation across the country for achieving its climate goals from increasing efficiency and affordability to reducing carbon emissions.

This investment and modernization will support the future of clean energy and reinforce domestic manufacturing that offer good-paying jobs for hardworking Americans.

The SuperTruck Initiative was created by the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in 2009 to increase heavy-duty truck freight efficiency by 50%.

Its second edition, The SuperTruck 2, aimed to double the fuel economy of 18-wheeler vehicles. Meanwhile, selectees for ‘SuperTruck 3’ are seeking to increase the efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty trucks while lowering freight transportation emissions.

Sources state that the SuperTruck 3 will invest $127 million in five heavy vehicle manufacturers to develop electrified medium- and heavy-duty trucks and freight system designs to increase efficiency and reduce emissions.

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