Gallery: Energy Secretary Chu Announces 1,800+ EV Charging Stations Hav...


U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced last Friday that more than 1,800 electric vehicle charging stations have now been installed due to the Recovery Act. Four hundred million dollars was allocated to the Transportation Electrification Initiative, which invested in eight projects that comprised the world’s largest electric vehicle demonstration.

The investment is expected to result in more than 13,000 plug-in vehicles and 22,000 charging stations being deployed across the U.S. by the end of 2013. Such a significant push toward electrification could help EVs finally take off, as gas rises again toward $5 per gallon.


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  1. Sam Kenny May 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    The Secretary of Energy lied to Congress.

    It’s up to us to set the record straight!
    Let Congress know we need them to help stop the misinformation coming out of DOE in order to protect special interest friends of the DOE staff. Stop the privatization of our government by nuclear and oil friends of the staff. GAO investigations have already proven DOE favoritism in published reports. We need new leadership at DOE!

    This week, DOE Secretary Steven Chu appeared in front of the Senate Energy and Water Development Subcommittee to face questions about the President’s FY2012 energy budget. The first question out of the gate from Committee Chair Diane Feinstein was about Sec. Chu’s “current view on hydrogen technology and whether it can be successful or not.”

    Sec. Chu gave incorrect information on hydrogen that contradicts real world data as well as numerous DOE studies and reports. He claimed that hydrogen obtained from natural gas had “no benefit” in terms of carbon elimination. Yet, DOE-funded research has shown that the most clean and efficient use of natural gas for transportation is to use it to create hydrogen to power a fuel cell electric vehicle. Chu also said hydrogen storage was a problem due to high pressure. What’s the problem Sec. Chu? These tanks have logged nearly 3 million miles, had more than 27,000 fill ups, and managed to fuel vehicles for more than 114,000 hours of operation.

    We need you to tell Congress that the DOE should stop giving misleading information – it is up to DOE to fairly represent the current state of the technology. Right now, they aren’t doing that. We need critical decisions on our energy future made based on fact!

    The time is now to redouble our efforts to ensure that fuel cells and hydrogen energy are included in any clean energy strategy.

    We need Congress to know that the head of the Energy Department is not giving the White House and the rest of the country the facts on how robust fuel cell and hydrogen technologies have become. We are asking for fairness. The DOE owes the President and the country that much.

    Thank you for your continued commitment to our campaign.


    Ruth Cox
    President and Executive Director
    Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association

    Co-Signed By:
    American Clean Energy Association

    National Green Power Campaign

  2. lazyreader May 19, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Screw you Chu. The government pays for thousands of EV charging stations with stimulus money (your money) and the privileged few who can afford electric cars get to use them. Meanwhile upon their installation in parking lots, they get premium parking. Some states want to install on close by parking spots EV chargers and make it exclusive to electric cars. Instead of the fair first come first serve basis, only electric cars can park there. As a result they’ll be empty 90 percent of the time, thus wasting valuable parking space.

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