Yesterday Google.org announced an RFP to help accelerate mass commercialization of plug-in vehicles:
Google.org has issued a request for investment proposals (RFP) to the tune of $10 million in order to advance sustainable transportation solutions. We are inviting entrepreneurs and companies to show us their best ideas on how they can contribute to this important cause. We need catalytic investments to support technologies, products and services that are critical to accelerating plug-in vehicle commercialization. That is why we have structured this RFP to offer investment dollars to for-profit companies to promote social and environmental change …
We realize that this type of open call for proposals is not the usual model for investment, but we wanted to use a process that was open to new ideas and new entrants. Part of our goal is to get as many people as possible to work on solutions to our vehicle emissions challenges. We welcome and expect to receive submissions from a wide variety of companies — from cutting edge battery technologies to innovative service businesses â€“ and from companies of all sizes.
Sounds like something that a Michigan next-gen auto startups could take advantage of! Get all the details at Drivers, start your batteries on the Google.org blog.