At the 2010 State of The Union Address First Lady Michelle Obama had an important clean energy executive in her box. He’s Don Karner, the President, CEO, and Co-Founder of eTec (Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation). You’ll be hearing his company mentioned whenever the U.S. Department of Energy talks about electric vehicles and The EV Project.

This project is the backbone of President Barack Obama‘s clean-energy program. Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec), a subsidiary of ECOtality, Inc. was awarded a $99.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to embark on this Project. The Project officially was launched on October 1, 2009 and will last approximately 36 months.

eTec is partnering with Nissan North America to deploy up to 4,700 zero-emission 100% electric vehicles, the Nissan LEAF, and 11,210 charging systems to support them in strategic markets in five states: Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington.

The EV Project will collect and analyze data to characterize vehicle use in diverse topographic and climatic conditions, evaluate the effectiveness of charge infrastructure, and conduct trials of various revenue systems for commercial and public charge infrastructure.

The ultimate goal of The EV Project is to take the lessons learned from the deployment of these first 4,700 EVs, and the charging infrastructure supporting them, to enable the streamlined deployment of the next 5,000,000 EVs.

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Clifford Bryan is a new media journalist and political consultant. I love to cover Michelle Obama and Obama administration. Special interest for world news and politics. Do some work for Examiner. Although the company is owned by a conservative, Examiners are free to express their own political views. The pay is awesome. Also do freelance and currently reading Writer's Market. After graduating from Morehouse and law school not catching on, I stumbled into writing. Do what you love.