White House wants data to drive EV acceleration

White House wants data to drive EV acceleration

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.

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Matt Leonard is a reporter/producer at GCN.

Before joining GCN, Leonard worked as a local reporter for The Smithfield Times in southeastern Virginia. In his time there he wrote about town council meetings, local crime and what to do if a beaver dam floods your back yard. Over the last few years, he has spent time at The Commonwealth Times, The Denver Post and WTVR-CBS 6. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received the faculty award for print and online journalism.

Leonard can be contacted at mleonard@gcn.com or follow him on Twitter @Matt_Lnrd.

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Reader Comments

Mon, Nov 28, 2016

One problem I see with EVs is the capacity and reliability of the electrical infrastructure. There are plenty of places in the US where the grid is running at full capacity and the local power companies can't produce enough electricity to meet current demand. Especially on a hot summer day. As far as reliability, the are of Maryland where I live is famous for extended power outages. One hurricane that rolled through left me without power for 11 days. Those are the main reasons why I'll never have an EV as an only car.

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