At an event today at the Daimler Truck factory in Mt. Holly, N.C., President Obama launched EV-Everywhere, the second in a series of Energy Department “Clean Energy Grand Challenges” aimed at addressing the most pressing energy challenges of our time. The EV Everywhere Challenge will bring together America’s best and brightest scientists, engineers, and businesses to work collaboratively to make electric vehicles more affordable and convenient to own and drive than today’s gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 10 years.
On Monday, the Energy Department proposed a fiscal 2012 budget that would increase financing for wind, solar, geothermal and battery technologies, but cut spending on hydrogen technology by nearly $70 million, roughly 40 percent of the program’s 2010 budget of $174 million
The cuts have renewed a heated confrontation between the department and fuel-cell advocates, who successfully counterattacked when Energy Secretary Steven Chu proposed $100 million in cuts to the hydrogen program before President Obama’s 2010 budget went into effect.
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