White House wants data to drive EV acceleration
- By Matt Leonard
- Nov 22, 2016
As the number of electric vehicles on the road grows every year, the White House wants to ensure that communities have the data they need to support the EV community.
The White House Domestic Policy Council and Office of Science and Technology Policy will host the first-ever Electric Vehicle Datathon on Nov. 29 to discuss what data is needed and the best practices for making the most of it. EV experts, charging-station providers, city and state officials, automakers and the software-development and data-analysis communities will participate.
The Obama administration says the EV industry has already benefited from the use of data. Various websites can help potential buyers find out how much they’ll save by switching to an EV, point EV owners to charging locations and identify initiatives that can benefit EV owners.
The potential areas to be covered at the datathon include datasets that could emerge from new efforts such as the Department of Transportation’s Alternative Fuel Corridors, what new data local planners need to make communities EV ready and what new insights can be gained by mashing up available datasets.
Interested parties can suggest datasets for use by researchers or nominate themselves for the invitation-only event by emailing the datathon team at OECC@WHO.EOP.GOV.
Matt Leonard is a former reporter for GCN.