On Nov. 1, 2021, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office announced the winners of the FY’21 “Low Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Vehicle Technologies Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment” funding opportunity. Included in this year’s round was the Topic Area of “Electric Vehicle Workplace Charging.” One of the announced winners was the Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition and their EMPOWER proposal – “Equitable Mobility Powering Opportunities for Workplace Electrification Readiness.”  

Vermont Clean Cities Coalition (VTCCC) at UVM’s Transportation Research Center is one of the 30 DOE Clean Cities Coalitions that will lead the boots-on-the-ground implementation of a new national workplace charging alliance. The work will begin with a year’s convening of diverse transportation electrification representatives that will share experiences, listen and craft a program that will encourage participation by workplaces in diverse communities across America. The project team is receiving $3,970,539 in federal funds while providing over $1,000,000 in cost share from non-federal sources. 

The EMPOWER project will accelerate the interest and support for workplace charging nationwide using a national landing page/funnel and website that will house our tools, resources and information, along with consistent messaging, tactics and coordination with national data and utility partners. This project has a primary goal of advancing employer commitments for workplace charging programs and installations. Secondary goals include collecting and advancing electric vehicle charging research and increasing career pathways in the EV charging industry for underrepresented communities. 

Major project partners working with VTCCC include Burlington Electric Department, Green Mountain Power, and Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission.  

To learn more or get involved in Vermont, contact us: poneillv@uvm.edu     

To learn more about the EMPOWER project, emailempower@cwcleancities.org