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Berkeley Lab Director Praises California Initiative on EV Infrastructure

March 23, 2012
Sam Chapman (510) 486-6536


Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Director Paul Alivisatos today praised the agreement reached by the State of California, which frees some $100 million in funding for a statewide network of charging stations for zero emission vehicles. “One of the challenges with current electric vehicles is ‘range anxiety.’ Deploying an extensive recharging infrastructure is an important step if electric vehicles are to be adopted more widely,” said Alivisatos. “Moving our transportation system away from carbon-based fuels is an essential step towards a sustainable and secure energy future.”

Berkeley Lab has been a national leader in battery research for decades. It runs the BATT (Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies) program, a fundamental research program for developing high-performance, rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs). This program is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Vehicle Technologies (OVT).


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Additional information on Berkeley Lab’s battery research:

  • Better Batteries for Transportation video
  • Berkeley Lab Battery Team: Working to Drive Electric Vehicles From Niche to Mass Market article

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