Cities to test commercial EV fleets, smart traffic, curbside management using federal funds

Dive Brief:
The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) will study zero-emission delivery and electric vehicle (EV) use by commercial fleets with the support of a $3.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), part of a broader federal grant program to decarbonize transportation.

The DOE’s $60 million grant program will fund 24 projects targeting the electrification of passenger cars and light- and heavy-duty trucks, part of the Biden administration’s goal to move the country toward electric vehicles. The projects include research into new battery technology, vehicle materials, traffic management and mobility tools.

The LACI grant will support work exploring commercial electric trucks in three cities — Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Santa Monica, California — including an expansion of an ongoing pilot in Santa Monica. In Pittsburgh, the funding will support a curbside parking pilot on smart loading zones in high-traffic areas and examine the role electrification could play in those areas.