US Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, David Friedman has signed an MOU between the Department of Energy (DoE) and the American Public Power Association (APPA), to collaborate on efforts to electrify personal and fleet transportation in public power communities.

The partnership builds on the President's goal and the Energy Department's 'EV Everywhere Grand Challenge' to develop plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) by 2022, which are as affordable as a 2012 gasoline-powered vehicle.

Through this agreement, the Energy Department and APPA will pursue efforts to advance EV adoption and charging infrastructure deployment for private vehicles, commercial fleets, transportation for passengers and commerce and other efforts, which will help displace petroleum with grid-sourced electricity as a transportation fuel.

The Energy Department and APPA will provide information to increase education and awareness of the benefits of EVs to public power utilities and local officials and develop a Community Action Plan focusing on smaller communities with fewer than 200,000 electric customers.

"With the clean energy revolution accelerating and the electric vehicle market growing, it is critical we expand cooperation as part of our EV Everywhere Grand Challenge," said Friedman.

"APPA has shown tremendous leadership in promoting EVs among its network of public utilities and with this MOU, we are eager to work together to electrify transportation with clean and renewable power in our biggest cities and smallest towns.

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In addition, APPA will join the Energy Department's EV Everywhere Utility Partnership, which was formed in 2015 to continue accelerating PEVs and advance the technology for the charging infrastructure.

The Energy Department and APPA will work to enhance workplace charging efforts at public power utilities, study the impacts of EVs in public power communities and share insights regarding infrastructure installation and EV interaction with the modern grid.

APPA represents not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities that power homes, businesses and streets in nearly 2,000 towns and cities, serving 48m Americans.