Appearing before the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Energy and Environment July 26, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Kathleen Hogan said that the agency’s vehicle technology program is on track to meet goals related to electric vehicle batteries and charging stations. The initiative expects to meet its December 2013 goal to deploy 20,000 charging states in cities across the country, up from 500 in 2009. The department has reduced the costs of next-generation battery technology by 35 percent and anticipates achieving an additional 50 percent reduction by 2014. The agency is also on schedule to reach a domestic manufacturing capacity goal for half a million EV batteries per year.