Do you live in America and have a great scheme that will boost the take up of electric vehicles? Then you could be in line for a grant of up to $4.5 million to help develop the idea.
The offer comes from the US Department of Energy which is looking for “highly innovative approaches to increase the acceptance and deployment of Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs).”
Covering not just EVs, but also vehicles powered by other alternative fuels such as hydrogen, lpg, natural gas, methanol, ethanol and other alcohols, the funding opportunity encompasses three areas.
These are: AFV demonstration and enhanced driver experience projects; AFV training for first responders, public safety officials and critical service providers; and the incorporation of AFVs into emergency response and preparedness operations.
One idea ahead of its time, then, is the adoption of Renault Twizy by the Paris fire brigade. The rear seat of the quadricycle has been removed and replaced by emergency lifesaving equipment including fire extinguishers, oxygen tanks, fire suit and helmet and a first-aid kit.
Due to its compact size, the Twizy can often get to an emergency before the major appliances, all the while having no impact on the environment.
If you can come up with an idea as good or even better, point your mouse in this direction.
Picture credit: Alternative Fuels Data Center