October 11, 2013
The push toward energy efficiency, greenhouse gas reduction and smart grid changes is encouraging considering hybrid innovation. Companies moving toward hybrid vehicle fleets is a positive response to necessary and vital change required to push electric vehicles (EV) into the market. The government is need to push change by investment and education. The work of the “US Energy Department to Help Fleets Buy Via Motor Electric Hybrids” is one step to infrastructural change and efficiency.
EV World reports, “$20 million deal will provide matching funds for 50 corporate fleets in the US to purchase pickups and vans equipped with Via Motors plug-in electric hybrid drive system. The company announced yesterday it will deliver pickup trucks and vans to 50 corporate fleets, including utilities and public agencies, around the nation after working out a $20 million deal with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Lutz, the former vice chairman of GM, sits on Via’s board of directors.”
It is reported that “The deal calls for the department to provide matching funds to help agencies buy the $79,000 pickups. In return, Via will install proprietary equipment that will upload data about their performance and use for research studies.”
EV’s have not taken off as projected. The appeal is there yet, the infrastructure and the EV price tag for the average buyer or corporate expenditures is not feasible. The subsidy will provide a mechanism to acquire EV Hybrid vehicles and aid in one step to conversion. Further, “as electric vehicle companies continue to file bankruptcy or deal with battery issues,” it is important to raise awareness of the changes to the EV batteries.
For EV Hybrids to successfully become an option of choice subsidies and accessibility to charging stations must appear easy and simple. Moreover, the technology must become more efficient to lower the price point from its boutique image to a functional optional choice for fleets and transportation.